Asia-Pacific Endoscopic Bariatric and Metabolic Surgical Center

The Minimally Invasive Surgical Center (MISC) at Min-Sheng Hospital is one of the foremost specialists in laparoscopic surgery in Asia.

The Center has established itself as an international center of excellence for bariatric surgery, attracting surgeons from all over Asia who want to learn about the latest techniques.


The MISC team have successfully performed more than 7000 bariatric procedures with a very low rate of complication (see table).The Minimally Invasive Surgical Center uses the latest technology and surgical techniques available

The team has also been instrumental in showing the benefits of weight loss surgery in the treatment of diabetes mellitus type II and is associated with a current international study on the subject.


What is weight loss Surgery?

Weight loss Surgery, aka Bariatric Surgery, is a surgical procedure done on the stomach and/or intestines to help a morbidly, or severely, obese person lose weight.

Weight loss surgery at Min-Sheng General Hospital typically consists of minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Each type of procedure has its pros and cons, and is chosen after a careful review of the patients case.

Laparoscopic Surgery is abdominal surgery that is performed through small incisions using tiny video equipment to allow the surgeon to see what he is doing on the inside. The abdominal cavity is inflated with gas in order to provide working space. Small surgical tools pass through ports placed through the incisions, and the procedure is performed internally in the same way as those done through an open incision.

The benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery stem from the lack of large, painful incisions. Patients can resume their usual activities within a few days, and that in turn, makes it possible to avoid most problems linked to long recoveries with restricted mobility.

However, Laparoscopic surgery is still a surgical procedure, and involves the potential risk for complications after surgery (e.g. internal bleeding, infection, reaction to anesthesia). Complications rates are generally very low (see Bariatric Center at Min-sheng), but can occur even when everything is done correctly. Surgery is recommended when it is the better choice, after a thorough review of individual cases by the doctor.

Is Bariatric Surgery for You?

  • Have you tried to lose and keep off excess weight, and have consistently failed?
  • Is your Body Mass Index (BMI)37.5 or higher (see calculate your BMI)?
  • Are you 100 (45) or more pounds (Kgs) over your ideal body weight?
  • Do you have obesity-related risk factors, such as Type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, hypoventilation, heart disease, back or knee pain?
  • Do you realize that bariatric surgery will alter your life style?
  • Do you have supportive friends and family?
  • Do you understand and accept the risks of surgery?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you could be a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery, and we invite you to contact us.

Types of surgery

The Bariatric Center at Min-Sheng Hospital offers the following procedures:

These minimally invasive procedures are all performed laparoscopically, except the Gastric balloon which is not an invasive procedure and is introduced in the stomach orally using an endoscope.

The doctor/surgeon will help you chose the procedure that is most suitable for your condition.

The procedures described below are those that are the most commonly performed at Min-Sheng General Hospital.

Types Pros Cons
Restrictive procedures BIB
Bioenteric Intragastric Balloon (BIB簧)
  • Nonsurgical procedure.
  • Safe, low complication
  • Only six months course.
  • Easy weight regain after take outthe balloon.
  • Safe, low complication (<1%), and low risk (0.1%)
    High post-op quality of life. Dumping Syndrome will not occur.
  • Lower ghrelin secretion, hence decrease hungriness.
  • Weight loss over 30%.
  • Non-reversible gastrectomy surgery.
  • Newly developed technique with good outcomes but with less domestic and international follow-up reports.
Malabsorptive techniques Gastric Bypass敶梢踹豢嗅
  • Good weight reduction outcome: quick and dramatic result
  • Quality of life is greatly improved.
  • Good result for Diabetes
  • Weight loss over 35%.
  • Complicated surgery, not a 100% safe surgery (complication rate is around 1%)Older patients or who weights over 200 kg.
  • Higher sequela rate (should consume micro-nutrients perpetually). Around one third of patients may have anemia and insufficient vitamin.