Bariatric Surgery in Kenya

Imagine having access to world class weight loss procedures right in your country.

This is precisely what the Nairobi Bariatric Centre has done for you. You no longer

need to fly out internationally for any bariatric surgery. India and Turkey were popular choices for weight loss surgery, but not any more. Considering the holistic approach taken by the team at the Nairobi Bariatric Centre and their pricing of the procedures, the value they provide is immensely more than similar facilities in India or Turkey.

Let us look into what this surgery is. Bariatric surgery is also commonly known as weight loss surgery, which means specialised surgical procedures that are designed to induce weight loss in obese and overweight people with health conditions. Also known as Weight Loss Surgery, these procedures have helped save many lives around the world and helped many more in managing their weight. What Nairobi Bariatric Center has done is bring together highly qualified bariatric surgery doctors and modern up-to-date medical equipment, with a holistic approach to medical weight loss. With over one million in support hours and over 6000 successful surgeries performed, the high quality of medical care shines through.

Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are two types of bariatric surgery procedures available namely; The Gastric Sleeve and The Gastric Bypass surgeries. We will look at each of these in turn, so that we can all understand what actually happens during these weight loss procedures and how it can achieve the desired result of weight loss for you. Being invasive procedures, they will require some hospital stay for recuperation under the care of a capable medical team. Since everyone’s case is different, you will be walked through all the options available to you by our lead bariatric surgeon, Prof. Almantas Maleckas, who has more than 20 years of experience in these procedures.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Turning our attention to the gastric sleeve procedure (which is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy), what’s notable here is the removal of approximately 75% of the stomach. This reduces the size of the stomach into a sort of tube or “sleeve” that can hold less food, thereby leaving you feeling fuller on less food consumed. By inducing these feelings of satiety, you will find yourself reducing your food intake significantly and hence reducing the amount of calories you consume meaning you will start to lose the extra weight. This procedure also results in hormonal changes such as reduced secretion of hunger hormones that will make you feel much less hungry.

The basic concept is keeping the body in a state of caloric deficit so that one can be able to shed the excess weight. This type of weight loss surgery has become the most commonly performed kind of bariatric surgery worldwide. After this procedure, people lose about 60-70% of their excess weight over the following one to two-year period.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is gastric bypass surgery you ask? Well, let me enlighten you on what it entails. In a nutshell, this procedure also known as the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a small pouch is created that bypasses the stomach and attaches to the intestine. Unlike the gastric sleeve surgery, this procedure is usually reversible.

It is often recommended to people with a body mass index of 40 or higher; people with a body mass index of 35+ with an existing health condition are also candidates for this procedure. Gastric bypass helps you lose weight by restricting the amount of food your stomach can hold, limiting the amount of calories and nutrients your body absorbs and changing your gut hormones, making you feel fuller for longer and suppressing your appetite. This can also lead to the reversal of obesity-caused metabolic syndrome. Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery typically have a very good long-lasting weight loss journey, often losing up to 80% of their excess weight.

The procedure has long lasting results and is a very good resolution to obesity-related health problems. Those are the two kinds of bariatric surgeries performed in Kenya, they are the 2 most common and most effective weight loss surgeries. Though non-invasive, I would like to give an honourable mention to another procedure that has proven to be quite effective; the gastric balloon procedure. The use of intragastric balloons is an alternative to surgery, in terms of losing weight. Being an endoscopic procedure, the balloon is inserted into the stomach where it will stay and partially fill the stomach volume inducing satiety, where you feel full after little consumption of food.

This thereby reduces the amount of calories consumed leading the body to be in caloric deficit and thus lose excess weight. Come, together we will uncover and learn everything about medical weight loss. For more information visit:

The Best Weight Loss Programs in Kenya

On the journey of weight loss, we often go through a myriad of options all from different sources – some from internet research, some from concerned family and friends, some good and others not so good. For people who are overweight, one must make very informed decisions when it comes to shedding that extra weight. I firmly believe that health is the major priority in considering any weight loss procedure, more so if one has a high body mass index (BMI). Body mass index is a widely accepted way of measuring whether one’s weight is healthy for their height. The figure derived from BMI calculations is usually used to classify weight depending on which range the value falls in. Therefore, doing what is safe and secure is paramount whenever it involves one’s health.

The Nairobi Bariatric Center

And on that note allow me to introduce the safest and lasting weight loss options that are all available under one roof right here in our beautiful country of Kenya. At the Nairobi Bariatric Center, where highly qualified bariatric doctors and modern medical equipment come together with a holistic approach to weight loss, give their patients access to these safe weight loss procedures. We can divide them into 2 categories: invasive and non-invasive procedures. As the category’s name suggests, invasive procedures refer to types of bariatric surgery whereas non-invasive procedures refer to those weight loss options that don’t involve surgery.

Non-Invasive (non-Surgical) Weight Loss Procedures

Let’s first delve into the non-invasive weight loss options offered by commencing with the least invasive of all the procedures, psychotherapy. It primarily focuses on the correction of poor eating habits so as to create new healthier and sustainable lifestyles. More often than not, these poor eating habits that many people develop are what usually lead to the accumulation of extra weight that can lead them to be either overweight or obese. Their highly qualified doctors found that there are multiple root factors that play a part in causing people to become overweight and obese. They include psychological, social, environmental, anatomical and metabolic factors. By approaching all these simultaneously with a step-by-step holistic perspective, they can help people develop these healthy lifestyles.

Now we can take this chance to look at bowel irrigation and the gastric balloon procedure. -What is bowel irrigation? Glad you asked! Unlike the others, bowel irrigation is not a weight loss procedure but rather a detoxification procedure that allows your digestion to start fresh. It is a non-surgical oral procedure where detoxification of the digestive system is done for the purpose of eliminating toxins and allergens as well as cleaning the entire digestive system. This option is offered as a treatment procedure as well as a preventative method for healthy people who care for their physical and psychological health. It is a very simple procedure that is done in a comfortable self-contained room, where you are supposed to drink 200ml of warm saline solution at 5 minute intervals to achieve the desired irrigation effect in the bowels.

The gastric balloon procedure on the other hand is an endoscopic procedure that often serves as an alternative to weight loss surgery, more so for patients who have not committed to surgical interventions in the journey to lose weight. An intragastric balloon is inserted into the stomach quickly and painlessly to partially fill the stomach and induce weight loss through increasing satiety, delaying gastric emptying and reducing the food eaten at any meal thereby facilitating the loss of Weight.

Invasive ( Surgical) Weight Loss Procedures

There are two procedures that I am yet to mention. Both these procedures are types of bariatric surgery namely, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve surgeries. These weight loss surgeries are meant to help people who are obese or overweight with health complications to lose weight, thereby improving their health. The gastric sleeve surgery for one, is a minimally invasive procedure that is meant to induce weight loss by physically reducing food intake. In this surgery, approximately 75% of the stomach is removed therefore restricting food intake by inducing satiety. Since the stomach can fit much less food, calories consumed are greatly reduced, hence inducing weight loss.

The gastric bypass surgery is slightly more invasive but still very effective in aiding people to lose weight. This weight loss surgery causes one to lose weight by restricting the amount of food eaten and reducing the amount of absorbed calories in the food you eat. Here, the stomach is divided into two, an upper “small pouch” and a bigger “remnant stomach” through which food will no longer pass. The upper pouch is directly connected to a part of the small intestine, bypassing the remnant stomach. The stomach now can only handle small amounts of food resulting in restricted food intake and loss of weight. As you can see for yourself, truly the best weight loss programs in Kenya. To get more information to help you make a decision, you can visit

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