What is a Gastric Bypass?
A Gastric Bypass is the process of making your stomach smaller by removing a section of the intestines and rerouting what you digest into a smaller section. In more extensive cases, a surgeon removes the lower part of the stomach and connects a small pouch directly to the small intestine. As a result of bypassing a portion of your digestive system, patients feel you feel full much sooner while eating, prompting them to consume much less food. Within the first year of gastric bypass surgery, patients can expect to lose 30-40 percent of their body weight if they stick with a diet and exercise routine and there are no complications.
The most common gastric bypass surgery is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surgeons can perform the procedure via a small incision which makes for faster recovery time. The surgeon staples part of the stomach together or uses vertical banding to make a small stomach pouch. Then, the surgeon attaches a Y-Shaped section of the small intestine to the pouch, creating a bypass for food. This re-routing skips a part of your digestive system so you absorb fewer calories.
What are the gastric bypass surgery requirements?
- You have a body mass index (BMI) of 40+ (extreme obesity).
- Your BMI is 35+ and you suffer from at least one weight-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea.
- Previous efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful
- Some people may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery with a bit lower BMI 30-34 and weight-related health conditions are present.
Some potential risks associated with Gastric Bypass surgery include:
- Bowel obstruction
- Dumping syndrome, causing diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
- Blood clots
- Internal bleeding
- Low blood sugar
- Stomach perforation (breaking open of the stomach)
There are also several reports stating that the benefits of surgical weight loss are limited to a five-year period. So, if you’re interested in this option, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will be key to keeping weight rebounds at bay.
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