Glossary

TERM DEFINITION
SURGICAL TERMS
Abdominoplasty This procedure, also know as a tummy tuck, aims to tight the abdominal wall and remove excess fat and skin to achieve a flatter firmer abdomen.
Belt Lipectomy A plastic surgery bodylift procedure that involves cutting out a ‘belt’ shape of skin at the waist area that wraps around the whole body. The lower portion is essentially pulled up to meet the other section in order to remove sagging skin.
BMI Body Mass Index is a value used to estimate and categorize healthy body weights, BMI compares your body weight(kg) squared, then divided by height(m).
Body Contouring Refers to any surgical procedure that alters different areas of the body, whether it is in massive weight loss patients or not. For massive weight loss patients this refers to a series of procedures that eliminate and/or reduce excess skin and fat around the torso, upper arms, chest and thighs.
Body Shaping Similar to Body Contouring
Bodylifting Encompasses a wide range of procedures that aims to reduce the amount of sagging skin around the body as most commonly seen in patients who experience significant amounts of weight loss.
Crohn’s Disease A chronic disease of the intestines that causes inflammation in the bowels, especially in the colon and ileum.
Circumferential Abdominoplasty A plastic surgery bodylift procedure that involves cutting out a ‘belt’ shape of skin at the waist area that wraps around the whole body. The lower portion is essentially pulled up to meet the other section in order to remove sagging skin.
Dumping Syndrome Common in post-bariatric patients where consuming foods in excessive amounts or foods high in sugar induces symptoms such as vomiting, weakness, abdominal discomfort, nausea, sweating, feinting and diarrhea.
Duodenal Switch A Bariatric Procedure that involves combining the stomach reconfiguration of the Sleeve Gastectromy with the intestinal re-routing present in various procedures such as the Gastric Bypass.
Gastric Balloon A bariatric procedure that involves inserting a balloon object into the stomach and inflating to reduce stomach capacity without the need of invasive surgery.
Gastric Banding A bariatric procedure that involves placing a band shaped object around the upper portion of the stomach, before being inflated with saline. Shrinks immediate stomach capacity therefore resulting in weight loss.
Gastric Bypass A bariatric procedure that involves both reducing the stomach capacity and re-routing the stomach further down the intestinal track.
Intestinal Re-Routing Most commonly involves surgically moving the connection of the stomach to a lower point in the small intestine in order to create a smaller track of digestion that minimizes the amount of calories absorbed.
Laparoscopic A way of performing surgery that involves using several small incisions and the use of thin tools such as a camera being inserted. This surgical method greatly reduces scarring and post-operative pain while drastically increasing recovery speed.
Lap-Band One of the available bands for use within the Gastric Banding surgery.
Liposuction A cosmetic surgery procedure that involves removing excess fat from under the skin via suction.
Neck Lift A surgical bodylift procedure that involves lifting the corners of the sagging platysma muscle and drawing surrounding tissue upwards, reducing the looseness of the skin and tissue.
Open Surgery The traditional surgical approach where long incisions are made so the surgeon can access the abdominal areas with their hands or tools.
Rou-en-Y Bypass Similar to the Gastric Bypass except the small intestines are re-routed slightly differently to the pouch and remaining stomach.
Panniculectomy Surgical removal of the pannicule or apron (the excess fat and skin folds remaining in the pelvic and abdomen are following massive weight loss).
Sleeve Gastrectomy A bariatric procedure that involves cutting and reshaping the stomach into a vertical tube shape, reducing stomach capacity and lowering food intake to loose weight.