Helicobacter Pylori infection: Symptoms and complications

Did you know that 84% of stomach cancer cases are caused by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, and roughly 60% of the adult population worldwide has this infection? But don’t worry, most people with Helicobacter Pylori can be treated, especially if diagnosed early. In this article, I will explain what causes this infection and the signs and symptoms you should look out for.

Continue reading

Gastric balloon: Medically proven weight loss without surgery?

Despite the plethora of information out there on weight loss and exercise, many are still misinformed about how to go about shedding some kilos, as evident by the number of crash diets I see. Now, don’t get me wrong — while some effort is still effort, wouldn’t you want to sustain the results of your hard work? While fad diets may help temporarily, you’ll most likely gain back weight as fast as you lost them.

A caloric deficit is king when trying to lose weight. Combine that with exercise, you’ll be able to reach your goals even faster. On the surface, it may sound simple, but I understand it may not be that way for some due to reasons like genetics and hormones. The biggest hurdle seems to be overcoming the feeling of hunger. “If only I wouldn’t feel so hungry all the time” — a line I commonly hear from patients.

To solve this solution, allow me to introduce something called a gastric balloon.

Continue reading

A guide to hernia surgery: Who needs it?

In my years of practice, I’ve done many surgeries, with one of the most common being hernia repair surgery. Since hernias can happen to almost anyone due to the nature of how a hernia is formed, I thought it would be good to share my knowledge of hernias and how to treat them should surgery be required.

Continue reading

Understanding gastric band surgery: How it helps with weight loss

Previously, I touched on gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, two very popular forms of bariatric surgery. In this post, I’ll introduce to you gastric band surgery.

Gastric band surgery or gastric banding is another surgical option I recommend to treat obesity. Similar to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band surgery helps in weight loss by restricting the number of calories the patient consumes. It does not, however, involve any cutting or removing any parts of the stomach. So how does it work?

Let’s find out!

Continue reading

Gastric bypass surgery: An effective weight loss solution?

Obesity is a serious condition. Those with obesity often have a series of medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Worldwide, there are about 2.8 million obesity-related deaths every year.

At a fundamental level, increasing physical activity and consuming less calories would naturally lead to weight loss. But eating behaviour and our ability to lose weight is also driven by genetics, hormones and neural circuits — so thinking that combating obesity with just eating less is over simplifying the matter.

Continue reading

What to know about a gastric sleeve gastrectomy

Often, severely obese patients who do not successfully lose weight despite diet and lifestyle efforts opt to do bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery refers to surgical procedures that remove or reduce the size of the stomach to treat obesity. Patients typically experience rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery or sleeve gastrectomy is a bariatric surgery option.

What does it involve, how effective is it and are there any possible complications? This article will find out more.

Continue reading

Gallbladder Removal: Will I Need It?

The gallbladder is a pouch-like, small organ on the upper right side of your abdomen. Its job is to store and release bile, a fluid made by the liver to help digest fat. Bile can be thick and create blockages along the way. Sometimes patients also get gallbladder disease due to too much cholesterol or bilirubin, which is a liver pigment in your bile. This can lead to gallstones, chronic or acute inflammation caused by gallstones and bile duct stones.

Continue reading

Gastric pain: When to see a doctor and how to relieve the pain

Do you often experience abdominal pain? Specifically, pain that arises in the centre of your upper abdomen? You may be experiencing gastric pain, a sort of pain that can range from a dull ache to a throbbing pain. While gastric pain is quite common in Singapore due to our stressful lives and tendency to have irregular meals, this stomach condition may be a sign of more serious health issues like stomach cancer and gallstone disease.

Continue reading

Colonoscopy in Singapore: 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.

Continue reading

Gastroscopy: A guide on how it’s done

A gastroscopy can help rule out or confirm the presence of conditions like stomach cancer, peptic ulcers or gastritis. In this procedure, a thin, flexible tube called an endoscope is lowered down the throat to look inside the food pipe, stomach and first small of the small intestine. The endoscope has a camera and light at one end which captures and sends images of your insides to a monitor. It can also take tissue samples by latching instruments such as small pincers, as well as suck out air and fluids.

Continue reading