Bariatric and minimally invasive surgical procedures are carried out by the most qualified team of specialists in Costa Rica, who was responsible for introducing the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding and the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in Costa Rica. nThe bariatric and laparoscopic procedures are carried out by Dr. SuÃ¡rez, who is one of the pioneers of laparoscopic surgery. The patients who plan to have bariatric surgery will also benefit from the consultation of other specialists such as a psychiatrist, a nutritionist, and an internist to ensure the best results from this procedure. nRead more about bariatric surgery and minimally invasive procedures in the description below.nBariatric Surgery is a procedure suitable for overweight people. A person is considered obese if their BMI (Body Mass Index) is greater than 30 Kg/m2 or when the BMI is greater than 27 Kg/m2 and there are related diseases present. The patients with these parameters undergo drug treatment. In case the patient has a BMI greater than 40 Kg/m2 or if the BMI is between 35 and 40 Kg/m2 and has the presence of related diseases, the patient is a candidate for bariatric surgery.nBariatric Surgery aims to reduce the weight by at least 50% of the excess weight and maintain the weight off. The procedure is successful in 70% of all surgeries. nTypes of surgical procedures performed for obesity:n1. Restrictive technique – aims to create a faster sensation of fullness by reducing the stomach volume. – Adjustable Gastric Lap Band – Vertical Gastroplasty with band – Sleeve Gastrectomyn2. Malabsorptive technique involves the reconstruction of the digestive system (a part of the intestine is attached in a non-anatomical position ), which prevents the absorption of some nutrients. – Biliopancreatic diversion – Duodenal switchn3. Mixed procedures involve both restriction and malabsorption techniques. – Gastric Bypass Surgeryn4. Procedures that modify the secretion of gastrointestinal hormones. – Duodenal switch – Biliopancreatic diversion – Sleeve Gastrectomy – Gastric Bypassn5. Other Minimally Invasive Surgery procedures involve:n- Laparoscopic Fundoplication for GERD – is a procedure that creates a valve, that prevents the reflux of the acid gastric liquid into the esophagus.n- Laparoscopic Hernia Repair – is a procedure performed to repair the defect in the abdominal wall that causes the protrusion of the abdominal content. n- Laparoscopic Surgery of the Colon and Rectum – is a surgical procedure that involves removing the part of the intestine affected by diverticulitis, polyps, or cancer.n- Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery – involves removing the malfunctioning gallbladder due to stones accumulation.