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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery including Gastric Bypass surgery is a type of surgery that results in weight loss by restricting the size of the stomach, or the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y)

Gastric Bypass is a restrictive and malabsorptive surgery that limits the amount of food that enters the stomach and redirects the route of the food to the small intestine. By altering the size of the stomach and re-routing the food, the patient is inclined to feel satisfied with less food, thereby losing weight in a quick fashion.

How it Works

Gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach into two sections, a small upper segment and a larger lower segment. This division permits the upper section to maintain about 1 ounce of food, limiting the patient’s food intake and resulting in weight loss. After making the stomach smaller, the surgeon connects the small intestine to a hole on the top section of the stomach known as the pouch. This allows the body to consume fewer calories than it previously would have.

There are two ways to perform a gastric bypass. The first is through open surgery, in which the surgeon makes an incision to access the stomach and small intestine. The second is through laparoscopy, in which a small fiber-optic camera is inserted into the body allowing for a minimally invasive surgery. The latter often allows for faster recovery times, minimal pain, and less scarring.

Who Can Benefit?

Often used to treat various weight-related conditions, gastric bypass surgery may be a suitable option for people dealing with obesity with a BMI higher than 35, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and more. When diet and exercise are not enough, your doctor may recommend gastric bypass.

Gastric bypass is only for people who are willing to adapt a doctor-recommended diet and exercise plan after the surgery. Gastric bypass is not a replacement for diet and exercise. Rather, it is designed to help speed up a weight loss plan.

What to Expect After Surgery

The hospital stay for gastric bypass usually lasts 2-3 days, and recovery time is two weeks. Patients are started on clear liquids and vitamin supplements, and then introduced to solid foods as recovery progresses. Within a year after surgery, patients can expect to drop around 75-85% of their excess weight.

Risks of surgery include but are not limited drastic changes in appetite, depression, internal bleeding, tearing of the stomach, gastric leaks or obstruction of the bowels. To learn more about the surgery and possible benefits and risks, consult with your bariatric surgeon.

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