Bariatric Medicine Toronto is a medical subspecialty that deals with medical issues faced by overweight patients. Morbid obesity refers to patients with a very high BMI (Body Mass Index), and is associated with multiple medical issues such as reduced life expectancy, heart disease, vascular disease, elevated blood pressure, diabetes and others. All these medical issues need to be properly monitored and managed.
Before an overweight patient can undergo body contouring, they need to loose the excess weight. This can be accomplished through a diet, exercise, bariatric surgery, or a combination of these.
Bariatric Medicine is a relatively new subspecialty with few doctors specializing in this field. One of such specialists is Dr. Sean Wharton, who manages the Wharton Medical Clinic. Many bariatric patients, who have failed many other attempts at weight loss go to Dr. Wharton to seek his help in loosing weight. The Wharton Medical Clinic offers a wide range of medical services to its patients. Once these patients have gone through Dr. Wharton’s program, they may consider surgical weight loss, or Bariatric Surgery.
Bariatric Surgical procedures Toronto refer to two main groups of approaches. One is restrictive (restricts the amount of food patients can eat), and the other is malabsorbtive (cause malabsorbtion of nutrients taken in). LapBand is a restrictive procedure where a band is placed around the stomach, decreasing the effective volume of the stomach and thus limiting how much a patient can eat. LapBand is a non-OHIP covered procedure which is performed at the Surgical Weight Loss Clinic. It takes about 45 minutes and you are able to go home the same day. Drs Mumford and Cobourn perform LabBand procedures, and are amongst the most experienced LapBand surgeons in the country with thousands of treated patients. Gastric Bypass is the malabsorbtive procedure offered at the Humber River Regional Hospital, the Ontario Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery. Drs Hagen, Klein, and Huynh of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Group perform these procedures. These procedures are OHIP covered, however, they are more extensive and require a hospital stay for a few days.