Category Weight Management

Colonoscopy in Singapore 2021 by Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: All you need to know

A colonoscopy is a medical procedure to visually image the lining of your colon in order to examine it for any irregularities. Colonoscopies are usually carried out by general surgeons or Gastroenterologists. A long and soft tube with a camera & light known as a Colonoscope is carefully inserted via the anus, carrying a live image to a screen which allows the doctor to examine the colon, all the way to the exit of the small intestine.

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Non-surgical weight loss by Dr Ganesh Ramalingam: Guide to gastric balloons in Singapore (2021)

Obesity is a problem that plagues Singapore due to our dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle, putting us at risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Eating in a caloric deficit and exercising can help us to shed some weight, but what if you’ve tried them all and nothing seems to work? Well, you might want to consider medical intervention to help you, such as through the use of bariatric surgery or gastric balloons.

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Bariatric Surgery: Dr Ganesh’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery (2021)

Still at a loss because your weight loss regime hasn’t worked? There’s one option that could help you – bariatric surgery. If you’re obese with a BMI over 40 and have other weight-related problems, bariatric surgery may be able to help you. When all else fails, bariatric surgery can help you to eat less, feel full and eventually lose weight. Let’s find out exactly how.

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Can I still eat out and prevent nutritional deficiencies after bariatric surgery in Singapore?

After successfully losing weight with bariatric surgery in Singapore, many patients go on to lead healthy, fulfilling lives, including having kids despite the initial rapid weight loss. However, a handful of patients also face nutritional deficiencies, which occurs when the body doesn’t get the necessary amount of nutrients it needs. Deficiencies can lead to a variety of health problems over time, including skin disorders, bone diseases and even dementia.

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Bariatric surgery Singapore: Can I still conceive after rapid weight loss?

Bariatric surgery and fertility: Can I still conceive after rapid weight loss? More than half of bariatric surgery patients are females, and of that group, about 60% are married. Many of my patients have expressed their desire to get pregnant in future and asked ifit’s safe to conceive after weight loss surgery. The short answer is yes, of course.

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Lose Weight Fast: Is Bariatric surgery the best way to do it?

Almost everyone desires a nice, svelte body that’s free of health problems. Depending on how far you’re willing to go, some attempt extreme crash diets to lose weight fast, while others take a slow and steady approach that can last from months to years. For a small pool of individuals, surgery might come to mind. 

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Bariatric surgery in Singapore: Does it reduce the risk of cancer?

Besides tobacco, obesity contributes to almost 40% of cancers, including kidney, liver, pancreatic, colorectal and post-menopausal breast and endometrial cancer. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is responsible for 20% of cancer-related deaths in women and 14% in men. Surely this should mean that by reducing obesity rates, we could bring down the risk of cancer in many at-risk individuals. Currently, bariatric surgery is an effective strategy for individuals with morbid obesity who fail to lose weight despite a supervised diet and exercise program.

But does bariatric surgery, that brings about weight loss, have potential cancer prevention effects? So far, the literature demonstrates a positive link mostly in post-menopausal endometrial and breast cancers only. Why is this so? Let’s find out more.

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Elipse gastric balloon by Dr Ganesh: What are the pros and cons?

Gastric balloons are an alternative for those who wish to lose weight but do not qualify for bariatric surgery. There are a few types of gastric balloons in the market, with the latest one being the Elipse gastric balloon, which we will be launching soon. I’ve written a comprehensive article on the Elipse gastric balloon in a previous post, you may check it out here.

A few patients have reached out to me regarding the Elipse balloon, specifically its pros and cons. Let me address those queries in this post together with other information about the balloon that’s good to know.

First, let’s quickly recap how gastric balloons work.

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What type of bariatric surgery is best for me?

Obesity is a serious problem not just in Singapore but worldwide. Not only is obesity associated with poorer mental health and reduced quality of life, it’s also one of the leading causes of health conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Apart from the standard weight loss protocol, bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is something severely obese options can consider. It involves changing the anatomy or position of the stomach and small intestines. Doing so causes a decrease in appetite and food absorption, thereby leading to weight loss.

There are a few types of bariatric surgery procedures to choose from. How can you decide which is best for you? In this article, I will compare the two bariatric procedures most commonly performed in Singapore: a gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy.

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Elipse gastric balloon: Lose 10-15kg naturally without surgery

Previously, I introduced something called a gastric balloon, a revolutionary treatment that allows overweight individuals to lose weight without bariatric surgery or a gastric sleeve procedure. I’m excited to announce that I will be one of the first in Singapore to launch the Elipse Balloon, a new generation of gastric balloon from Europe that is swallowable like a pill.

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