Gastric Bypass is an effective procedure for treating obesity. A smaller pouch is created at the top of the stomach, limiting the amount of food consumed and directly connecting to the small intestine to reduce calorie absorption.
This technique aids in weight loss and improves conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension in patients who have struggled with other weight control methods.
Advantages of Gastric Bypass:
- It tends to achieve a slightly greater weight loss compared to Gastric Sleeve.
- Sustains long-term weight loss.
- Ideal for patients who consume large quantities of food and have a predisposition to sweet foods.
- Recommended for patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease or Barrett’s esophagus.
- It improves the chances of long-term remission of type 2 diabetes (better than Gastric Sleeve).
Are you a candidate for Gastric Bypass?
- If you struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise.
- If your BMI is above 40 or between 35 and 40 with obesity-related health conditions, such as diabetes or sleep apnea.
- It’s essential to be willing to make significant changes in your diet and lifestyle.
- Enjoying overall good health is vital for undergoing surgery.
- Having unsuccessfully tried to lose weight through diet and exercise.
- Understanding the risks and committing to a lifestyle change after surgery.
It is a Rapid Bariatric Surgery:
- Initial assessment by a bariatric doctor
- Nutritional and psychological assessment
- Patient admission to the hospital
- Blood tests and general analysis of the clinical situation
- General anesthesia is required
- A small incision is made in the abdomen to access the stomach (laparoscopy)
- The stomach is divided into two parts, creating a small upper pouch.
- A section of the small intestine is cut and connected to the new pouch, forming a “bypass.”
- The smaller stomach limits the amount of food that can be consumed, and the bypass reduces nutrient absorption.
- Stitches are applied to the incisions
- The patient moves to recovery and then to a monitoring floor.
The procedure typically takes between 2 to 4 hours.
- The patient stays in the hospital for 1 or 2 days for monitoring.
- A liquid diet is initially followed, gradually progressing to solid foods.
- Controlled physical activity and regular follow-ups with the medical team are required.
- Your surgery includes nutritional and psychological follow-up for a full year after your surgery.
After bariatric surgery, patients must make significant changes in their lifestyle and diet. These changes include:
- Eating smaller portions.
- Adopting a balanced and protein-rich diet.
- Exercising regularly.
- Following medical and nutritional follow-up recommendations.
It is important to remember that Bariatric Surgery is an effective tool for weight loss, but long-term success depends on the patient’s commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Consulting with an experienced bariatric surgeon like Dr. Cristobal Garza is essential to understand the procedure and its implications.
Consider this before undergoing Bariatric Surgery:
- Your must commit to a lifestyle change.
- The need for long-term medical and nutritional follow-up.
- The importance of following medical recommendations.
- Gastric Bypass is an irreversible Surgery.
- The patient must consider the importance of supplementing with vitamins and B12 for the rest of their life.
Although Gastric Bypass surgery is generally safe, there are risks and possible complications, including infection, bleeding, suture leaks, intestinal obstruction, and long-term nutritional issues.
When considering surgery like this, be sure the professional team you choose has the surgical equipment, experience, facilities, and staff to handle any complication if needed.