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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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Lady holding on to a balloon beside her tummy

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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Doctor measuring patient's fats for bariatric surgery

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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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.

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Understanding Bariatric Surgery (Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy)

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!

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