- What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
- Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications
- Gastric Bypass Vs. Gastric Sleeve
- Gastric Bypass Surgery Requirements
- The Gastric Bypass Procedure
- Gastric Bypass Recovery
- Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost
- Choosing a Gastric Bypass Surgeon
What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Also known as Roux-en-Y surgery, gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss operation in which the stomach is reduced in size and the lower intestine is rerouted to this new pouch to address multiple factors associated with obesity. Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common procedures performed to aid in weight loss. Furthermore, this is the preferred technique for weight loss surgery, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). For patients seeking to reduce excess weight, our experienced bariatric surgeons may be able to help.
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What Are the Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Among the many obesity treatments available, gastric bypass surgery has typically shown extraordinary results. Within the first two years after surgery, most patients are able to reduce their excess body weight by as much as 60 to 80 percent, though individual results will vary. The most substantial amount of weight will usually be lost in the first six months, with results gradually reducing from that point. However, the gastric bypass procedure has been proven to offer longer-lasting effects in some cases, including incidents of people experiencing post-surgical weight loss for as long as 10 years. Those committed to lifestyle changes that include a nutritious diet and exercise regimen often prove the most successful. Before-and-after photos of our patient success stories are available.
What Are the Possible Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications?
As with all surgical procedures, gastric bypass surgery poses some risk. Some of the potential complications include:
- Dumping syndrome: A condition that occurs when foods with a high-sugar content are consumed. Symptoms include sweating, stomach cramps, dizziness, weakness, and diarrhea.
- Excess skin: Weight gain can lead to skin inelasticity, often resulting in excess skin when that weight is lost. Patients may desire plastic surgery to correct the areas of concern.
- Reduced mineral absorption: Certain vitamins, including B12 and iron, may not absorb as well after surgery. Patients are encouraged to take a daily multivitamin to help balance their diet.
How Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Compare With Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
The primary difference between a gastric bypass and a gastric sleeve operation is how the stomach is altered to achieve weight loss. In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced in size to a small pouch, and the lower intestine is rerouted to this new pouch in order to bypass the majority of the stomach, thus the reason for its name. In gastric sleeve surgery, the stomach is reduced in size my removing a large, long section, thus creating a tube- or sleeve-shaped stomach. Both procedures can help patients lose a significant amount of excess fat. With a gastric bypass, patients have a lower risk of developing acid reflux but a higher chance of developing dumping syndrome. Gastric bypass surgery has been performed for longer than gastric sleeve surgery, and it is considered the gold standard approach for weight loss surgery.
What Are the Gastric Bypass Surgery Requirements?
Gastric bypass surgery can provide excellent results for certain patients. Generally speaking, you should have a BMI of 40 or higher (or 35 and higher with at least one serious weight-related condition), have made efforts to lose weight through diet and exercise and been unsuccessful, and not have any disqualifying medical conditions. Our team of extensively trained surgeons will review your medical history, go over the screening process and any other guidelines that must be met, and answer any questions you have before determining if gastric bypass or another procedure is right for you. Your safety, comfort, and results are our highest priorities, and our medical team is dedicated to delivering exceptional care.
How Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Performed?
A gastric bypass is performed as a laparoscopic bariatric surgery—an approach that is typically less invasive than traditional, “open” methods. During the operation, one of our skilled surgeons will use very fine instruments through tiny incisions, called keyholes, to reduce the size of the stomach. This new, smaller stomach helps to restrict food intake. Our bariatric surgeon will then attach a piece of the small intestine, which is partly responsible for food absorption, to the newly reduced stomach pouch. As a result, food can “bypass” a significant portion of the small intestine so fewer calories are absorbed. Patients experience weight loss as a result of eating less as well as absorbing fewer calories.
What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery Like?
Recovery following gastric bypass surgery is just as important to your results as the actual operation. You will begin with a special diet plan that emphasizes liquids, then pureed foods, then soft foods, then firmer foods as your stomach and intestines heal. We will go over your dietary restrictions thoroughly and provide helpful information so you can develop healthy eating habits that will continue long after you have recovered. You may also be asked to take supplements and vitamins to support your nutrition. Frequent medical checkups are part of the process, and we will be with you every step of your journey. Immediately after the operation, you may feel sore, tired, and bruised, and these effects should fade as you heal. As you lose weight, you may experience some minor aches, mood swings, fatigue, and temperature fluctuations as your body adjusts to the rapid weight loss. This is normal, and we will help you manage the effects as you achieve a healthier lifestyle.
How Much Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?
The gastric bypass procedure may be covered by health insurance. However, some health care providers require patients to undergo a supervised diet prior to surgery or have a consultation with a medical specialist before approving the operation. Griffin Hospital and our friendly, knowledgeable bariatric team will be happy to help people better understand the terms of their coverage, assist in completing any paperwork necessary, and pursue treatment approval. We also work with a finance company specializing in weight loss surgery that can help individuals who are denied coverage.
How Do I Choose My Gastric Bypass Surgeon?
In addition to choosing a board-certified bariatric surgeon, we recommend selecting a practice that offers a comprehensive support program that includes nutritional and fitness counseling. Our weight loss program is one of the best options for bariatric surgery in Connecticut. Our experienced surgeons, friendly staff, and technologically advanced facilities are first-rate.
If you have additional questions about gastric bypass surgery and our weight loss program, or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.