TOGA for Bariatric Surgery | Cost

Toga Bariatric SurgeryDeveloping a successful weight loss strategy is not an easy task. When we cut food consumption, our bodies react negatively to the sensation of starvation. Metabolism slows, appetite ramps up, and often the body seeks nourishment from muscle tissue rather than fatty tissue.

Worse is the fact that the diet and weight loss supplement industry depends on failed weight loss strategies to keep selling their products with promises of wonder aids that curb appetite or speed up metabolism – claims which are often disingenuous.

One Technique Does Work:  Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric weight loss surgery generally comes in two types: installing a lapband, which restricts the size of the stomach to limit the amount of food intake, or gastric bypass, in which a small portion of the stomach is stapled off and rerouted to the small intestine, both limiting food intake and routing food around the areas of the stomach where more calories would be absorbed.

A new bariatric surgery technique is now being refined by practitioners and surgeons and may attract many people to undergo the procedure, even those who don’t have the high body mass index required to undergo traditional gastric bypass surgery. Called transoral gastroplasty, or TOGA, this procedure requires no incisions; instead, a tube is inserted through the patient’s mouth and into the stomach, where microscopic staples create the necessary stomach pouch.

While traditional laparoscopic bypass surgery requires a recovery time of several days in the hospital and a clear liquid diet that is gradually stepped up to soft solids and then a normal diet, TOGA patients are often discharged the same day they have surgery and begin eating normal foods much more quickly than laparoscopic patients.

Risks of Bariatric Surgery?

Despite the success of bariatric surgery in reducing weight and curbing type 2 diabetes, the procedures still carry with them significant risks. Researchers in Cleveland, OH have found that many patients experience problems months or years after undergoing gastric bypass or lap band surgery, including malnutrition, diarrhea, regurgitation, and bowel obstructions.

The malnutritive aspect of the procedures is perhaps most alarming, especially when considering the range of deficiencies the surgery can spawn; bariatric surgery patients express low levels of iron, calcium, vitamins B12 and D, folic acid, and thiamine. Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery find themselves taking multivitamin supplements for the rest of their lives, and in some cases even have to seek hospital care to be administered supplements intravenously.

Calcium Deficiency?

In particular, calcium deficiency is of great concern because the areas of the stomach which many bariatric surgeries bypass is most conducive to absorbing calcium from foods. The risk of diarrhea and vomiting increases, especially early after surgery, because patients need to adjust to the small amount of food their altered stomach can contain.

Bariatric surgery can be a beneficial procedure for someone who is extremely overweight, especially diabetics. However, for long-term sustained weight loss, doctors and nutritionists still advocate healthy lifestyle changes such as regulated diet and regular exercise to curb your waistline. An otherwise healthy person who needs to lose a few pounds is far better off doing it the old-fashioned way than seeking invasive surgery that can have potentially life-threatening side effects.

If you are considering bariatric surgery, please consult with your family doctor and a nutritionist before taking the leap to make sure you’re making an informed, healthy decision.

Cole Watts writes on behalf of A1 Medical Supplies. A1 Medical Supplies one of the largest online suppliers of medical equipment for the home including lift chairs,  wheelchair lifts, and stair lifts.

Cole Watts

Cole Watts writes on behalf of US Medical Supplies, an online retailer of medical equipment and mobility aides.

3 thoughts on “TOGA for Bariatric Surgery | Cost

  • September 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

    T, we try to cover a wide variety of health topics here and encourage our readers to provide feedback and share their experiences / opinions.

    Losing 100 pounds is a very significant accomplishment. We’re glad to hear about your success story, so thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  • September 18, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I find this article a little disturbing for a site that promotes Health and weight loss. I think weight loss surgery is the easy way out. I was 100 pounds overweight and then was diagnosed with diabetes after I became really ill. By getting my lazy butt off the couch, exercising and not dieting, but learning how to eat healthy and maintaining that, I lost 100 pounds and have managed to maintain it for well over a year, AND I am not diabetic, nor do I have high blood pressure or sleep apnea now! We all need to understand that hard work and a little determination can achieve the same results without all the possible complications of surgery!

    • September 20, 2010 at 7:40 am

      T – I’m glad to hear your story and I would almost never suggest surgery unless it is the last choice.
      With that said though, there have been many changes in bariatric surgery that people do not know about and need to know about it, if they are going to attempt such a lift altering procedure.


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