Bariatric Surgery

What is Bariatric Surgery?

Gastric Sleeve, Gastric bypass and other weight-loss procedures are collectively known as Bariatric Surgery. These surgeries involve making changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight. Bariatric surgeries are performed when you have other weight-related health conditions or diet and exercise don’t work. Some procedures limit how much you eat while others change the way your body absorbs nutrients along with hormonal changes in your body, some procedures do both.

What health conditions arise because of excessive weight?

Excessive weight (motaapa) can lead to more than 200 serious health conditions for which Bariatric surgery becomes necessary. These serious health conditions include:


  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • PCOS (PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome)
  • Joint Pain/Arthritis and so on


In some situations, esp. with these health conditions, weight loss becomes necessary and you have to lose weight as soon as possible. Bariatric Surgery may be recommended if you’ve tried to lose weight through diet and exercise and it didn’t work.

Who Qualifies for a Bariatric Surgery?

Generally, bariatric surgery may be recommended (after complete checkup and investigations) as per Asia Pacific guidelines for you if:

Obesity Class III:

Your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 37.5 (extreme obesity).

Obesity Class II:

Your BMI is more than 32.5 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem as mentioned above.

Obesity Class I (27.5 -32.5) and Overweight (25 -27.5):

You may need bariatric surgery if your BMI is lower but you’re struggling with an above-mentioned condition because of your weight.

Can anyone get a Bariatric Surgery done?

Some medical screening will be done in order to decide whether you can get a bariatric surgery. Only after the screening will your doctor let you know your scope and whether you can get treated.

Where can I consult The Best Bariatric Surgeon in Karachi?

Patel Hospital has one of the best Bariatric Surgeons in Karachi and advanced patient care within your budget! Bariatric Surgery is no more only for the rich because we consider weight loss surgery as a solution to a disease, not a luxury. We believe in affordable, under-one-roof, and high-quality bariatric surgery; therefore, we offer the lowest cost of bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Consult a Bariatric Surgeon in Karachi now.

Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is a rapidly emerging management option for obesity, which is safe and sustainable. Prevalence of obesity has tripled over last three decades and is expected to rise exponentially by year 2030. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery is indicated when other modalities (diet, exercise, medicines) have failed or the patient has morbid obesity i.e. around 30 kgs above the ideal body weight.

We believe in affordable, under-one-roof and high quality bariatric surgery; therefore, we offer the lowest cost of bariatric (weight loss) surgery with intention to provide health care across all strata of the society. We consider weight loss surgery as a solution to a disease, not a luxury limited to rich peoples only; therefore, a reasonable welfare to eligible patients. As opposed to a range of 5-15 lacs for this procedure, Patel hospital offers lowest package of bariatric surgery in Karachi i.e. 280,000 rupees average without compromising on the quality and care.


A procedure by which the size of stomach is reduced to a capacity of 150-200 mls, for less hunger and early satisfaction, which would lead to decrease food intake and weight loss.

No. These are cosmetic procedures offered to patients with normal or near normal body weight, desiring to have their body in a shape. These neither reduce weight nor treat obesity.

Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. With the help of modern stapling devices and instrument, we trim the stomach through five button holes on the belly.

No absolute answer. In patients with sweet craving, grazing entire day, diabetes mellitus, acid reflux; bypass is preferred. Otherwise, both are equivalent in short term. Bypass is reversible and offers better long term results as opposed to sleeve.

Average 7 days (2-15 days) when patient is able to perform routine life chores without support. It depends on weight, comorbidities, confidence & determination of patient.

7-8 kgs in first month, then 1-2 kgs each month till a plateau phase is achieved which is variable for different patient.

1% serious complications. Leak, bleeding, clotting of blood in legs, chest infection etc. Strict precautions are taken to prevent these complications, yet one out of a hundred patients may succumb to any of these complications.

Protein and vitamin deficiency. Therefore, lifelong follow up and compliance to the dietician is paramount.

Average 280,000 rupees, which includes accommodation (two days), Operation Theater, anesthesia, surgeon fee, nursing, drugs and disposables, investigations, meals. Welfare is also given to eligible patients.

Major determinants of package anywhere are the hospital cost and surgeon fee, which are optimized and subsidized in our hospital. The instruments/equipment are of standard and international quality i.e. STORZ, Medtronic, Ethicon and almost of the same price everywhere across the globe.

About our Bariatric Surgeon (weight loss surgeon)

Dr. Ghulam Murtaza is one of the top bariatric (weight loss) and laparoscopic general surgeons in Karachi, Pakistan. He is determined to alleviate obesity from society by fighting at several fronts i.e. bariatric surgery to mass campaigns.

Graduate of Dow Medical College, he received his general surgery training at Aga Khan University Hospital and stepped out as the best graduate of the year 2013. Taking forward the field of bariatric surgery, he got further training from south city hospital Karachi under the guidance of Dr. Mumtaz Maher and then further refined his skills at IRCAD, IHU, Strasbourg, France. He is a Fellow (American College of Surgeons and College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan), a Member of (Royal college of surgeons of England and IFSO-International Federation for Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders), and SCOPE (Strategic Centre for Obesity Professional Education) certified by World Obesity Federation. He is determined to establish a center of excellence in this bariatric surgery.

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