The problem of obesity is a growing medical problem, especially in highly developed countries. Obesity has become a pressing issue of the 21st century medicine – one that leads and is connected with other conditions. These include asthma, osteoarthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, sleep apnoea and others. Unhealthy excess weight also increases the risk of heart or blood diseases and can shorten life expectancy. The medical issue can be tackled with different methods.
How do I know if I am overweight? The most popular way of checking this is calculating your BMI (Body Mass Index). It measures body fat based on height and weight and applies to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
- 18.5 or less – underweight
- 18.5 to 24.99 – normal weight
- 25 to 29.99 – overweight
- 30 to 34.99 – obesity (class 1)
- 35 to 39.99 – obesity (class 2)
- 40 or greater – morbid obesity
Gastric band surgery (€ 3500 / £ 2800)
A gastric band is a small device (a silicone ring) that is placed around your stomach during a laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery. The band divides your stomach into two parts. The small upper stomach pouch limits the stomach’s capacity and increases the feeling of fullness so it helps you lose weight. After the implantation the band has to be adjusted (usually a few times before the suitable size is reached). Adjustment is a quick and simple 10-15 minute out patient procedure. A doctor adds or removes fluid from the band via the small access port which is located just under the skin. The first adjustment is usually performed six weeks after your surgery and can be done in Poland. Following adjustments can be done at local weight loss clinics (we provide the addresses). After surgery the doctor provides you with all the info on how to ‘cooperate’ with the band to get the best weight loss results. The bands are designed for life long implantation although they can be removed if needed.
Gastric balloon (from € 2000 / £ 1600)
Advanced help for patients who want to lose weight. Soft gastric balloon, made of silicone, is inserted into your stomach to make it easier for you to control your hunger as well as minimize the food portions.