Treating Obesity

The basis for the interdisciplinary treatment concept of the Obesity Centre at The Beta Klinik, are the guidelines of the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies e.V.: “Prevention and Treatment of Obesity” and the “Evidence Based Guidelines for Surgical Treatment of Extreme Obesity (German Society of Surgery of Obesity, German Obesity Society)”.

Every treatment begins with a general and in-depth first consultation. This is followed by a check-up in order to thoroughly clarify the typical accompanying illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hormone, spinal column, joint and heart disease. Finally, the therapists speak to the patient regarding which treatment possibilities are best in their individual case. Alongside the diagnostics, there is a team of nutritionists, psychologists, orthopaedists, cardiologists, physiotherapists and surgeons involved in the treatment.

As well as conservative methods, there are also other procedures such as gastric balloon implantation or surgery. If these procedures are indicated in your case, we will discuss them thoroughly with you, and together choose the best form of treatment.

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Gastric Balloon Implantation

The gastric balloon can be indicated for a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 27,0 kg/m2. It is a soft, small silicone balloon filled with a saline solution which is temporarily placed / implanted in the stomach. The balloon partly fills the stomach providing a quicker sense of satiety thus making it easier for the patient to change eating and lifestyle habits. The removal of the gastric balloon is a simple procedure. The patient can lose up to 15 – 20kg.

Nutrition and sports advice is available alongside the implantation and the necessary aftercare.

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Gastric bypass

In a gastric bypass the nutritional restriction and the malabsorption combined. The stomach is divided into a small gastric pouch and a larger functional remaining pouch. The stomach pouch can only take in smaller amounts of food and is quickly full. The receptors are thereby activated and signal satiation to the brain. You have the feeling of being fuller sooner and for longer. Furthermore, the small intestine is redirected so that digestive juices from the liver (gall bladder) and pancreas first meet the food when it has already passed through a part of the small intestine. Some of the nutrients and calories will not be digested but will leave your body through the stool. This means however, that important minerals and vitamins cannot all be absorbed. You must have a consistently balanced diet in the long run.

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Surgery on Overweight Patients:
Gastric Sleeve Method

The Beta Klinik possesses all the established operational methods such as the so called “Gastric Sleeve” operation (stomach tube), the classical gastric bypass surgery and the mini-bypass (Omega Loop Bypass). All operations are carried out using the most modern and minimally invasive operation techniques (key hole surgery). Surgery is only carried out with a BMI of 35 upwards.

A gastric sleeve operation involves a large part of the stomach being removed so that a tubular shaped part of the stomach remains. This remaining stomach can only absorb a little food. The patient feels full more quickly. In this operational procedure, the part of the stomach producing the hormone ghrelin is removed. Ghrelin is responsible for the feeling of being hungry. As a result you have at least in the beginning, a smaller appetite and fewer hunger attacks.