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Bariatric/Weight Loss Services


Prevalence of Obesity

  • 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2016, and 13% were obese
  • Most of the world’s population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight
  • The world prevalence of diabetes among adults (aged 20 – 79 years) was 6.4% in 2010 (affecting 285 million adults). Most of the people with diabetes live in low- and middle-income countries such as Ghana. It is predicted that this will rise to 7.7% by 2030 (439 million adults). Of concern is that 69% of the increase in the number of adults with type 2 diabetes will be from the low and middle income countries with the remaining 20% increase coming from the high income countries
  • Type 2 diabetes is largely prevalent among people with obesity (80-85%) while the most successful way to control it, is to achieve and maintain healthy body weight

*WHO statistics

Causes of Obesity:

  • An increased intake of energy-dense foods that are high in saturated fats and refined carbs; and
  • An increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation, and increasing urbanization

Consequences of Obesity:

  • Cardiovascular diseases (mainly heart disease and stroke), which were the leading cause of death in 2012
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis – a highly disabling degenerative disease of the joints)
  • Some cancers (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
Nonsurgical methods such as diet, exercise, behavior modification, and medication are recognized not effective and sustainable for patients with severe obesity. Emerging scientific evidence is strongly suggesting that bariatric surgery is capable of achieving resolution of long-term chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Our weight loss and metabolic team will consult with you and design a individual and personalized programme to help you successfully reach and maintain your weight loss goals. Our team will be there every step of the way with encouragement and support. During regularly scheduled meetings with your dietician or nurse you will learn the principles needed to manage your weight and promote long-term health.

Gastric Balloon Procedure
The gastric balloon is a soft, silicon balloon that is inserted into the stomach by endoscopy and filled with sterile saline. The balloon is designed to partially fill your stomach, giving you a feeling of fullness. It will not only make you feel less hungry, but feel fuller more quickly after small meals. The balloon is removed after 6 months to one year.

Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI takes into consideration an individual’s height and weight and can be calculated using the following formula: Weight in kilograms divided by Height in meters squared (BMI = kg/m2)

BMI Range
Normal Size 18.9 to 24.9
Overweight 25 to 29.9
Class I, Obesity 30 to 34.9
Class II, Serious Obesity 35 to 39.9
Class III, Severe Obesity 40 and greater

Dr Abuchi Okaro

Dr Abuchi Okaro

MS FRCS FWACS - Kent Oncology Centre & Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth, UK

Dr Okaro is a consultant Weight Loss and Bariatric surgeon affiliated with the Kent Oncology Centre in Maidstone, Kent, and the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London, UK. He provides consultations and bariatric, weight loss procedures once a month at Euracare, Ghana. Trained both in the UK and in Tokyo, Japan. Dr Okaro is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in England and holds a Masters in Surgery Degree from the University of London.

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