Gastric Bypass is one of the most popular forms of Bariatric Surgery. It is known as the “Gold Standard” for weight loss surgery due to the time that it has been performed and the overall successful outcome the patients have had over the years. This surgery can be an excellent choice of weight loss surgery but it is not ideal for every patient. This kind of surgery is recommended for very obese patients with a BMI over 45 or for those who have a BMI higher than 35 but also have weight-related medical comorbidity or a condition like sleep apnea, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y, works by creating a smaller stomach pouch that alters the course of the digestive tract, bypassing a portion of the lower intestine to decrease the number of calories that are consumed, processed and absorbed by the body.
There are two components to the gastric bypass RNY procedure. First, the surgeon divides the stomach in two sections, creating in the upper area a smaller stomach pouch that holds about an ounce, the size of a walnut, limiting the amount of food you can consume at a time. Next, the doctor will divide the small intestine, bypassing the stomach and a portion of the gastrointestinal tract completely. He will then attach the top of the intestine further down to allow stomach acids and digestive enzymes to mix with the food you eat. This process lessens the number of calories and nutrients your body absorbs. Typically the doctor will bypass or remove about 1 and ½ meters of the intestine triggering the malabsorption described above.
Gastric Bypass Surgery is considered both a restrictive and a malabsorptive form of weight–loss surgery because the procedure limits the amount of food the stomach can hold and on the other hand, reduces the number of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. Even more, the Gastric Bypass procedure will change your gut hormones, which help you feel fuller longer, contribute to appetite suppression and the reversal of obesity-caused metabolic syndrome.
Gastric Bypass patients lose between 60 to 80% of excess body weight within the first 12 to 18 months post-surgery and they should consume around 800 calories daily.
Dr. Hidalgo, a bariatric specialist at Weight Loss Team is well trained to perform this surgery using laparoscopic surgical techniques. Instead of creating a single large incision, he creates several small incisions which allow for a more comfortable procedure.
Gastric Bypass Surgery takes 2 to 3 hours to perform and it is considered a complex and invasive surgical procedure. The long-term complication rate is slightly higher than the gastric sleeve surgery. However, complications can be avoided with proper care and patient commitment to following your preop and postop medical instructions. All patients need to change eating habits, perform exercise and take vitamins and minerals for life after this surgery, otherwise, it could lead to long-term vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
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