Laparoscopic Gastric By-Pass
Laparoscopic Gastric By-Pass is a surgical method to treat obesity by making the stomach very small by taking out some part of stomach and connecting the small intestine to the new stomach. As the lower part of the stomach is bypassed, this surgery is known as laparoscopic gastric bypass. This is one of the most preferred surgical options because of its excellent results and improvement in conditions like diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome.
How do I lose weight with this obesity surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller, so that the patient struggling with excess weight will be able to consume less food and therefore lose weight. The restriction in hunger and food intake makes a person satisfied with less food.
Various kinds of procedures enable to perform gastric bypass surgery including laparoscopic RNY bypass, vertical gastric bypass, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and distal Roux-en-Y bypass. All procedures aim to restrict food intake but differ within the surgical procedure to reduce the stomach size. Only a doctor can determine the best procedure for you depending on your health status.
What is the actual procedure like?
In this procedure, the stomach is divided, a small pouch is formed and the majority of the stomach is restricted. A part of the small intestine is then divided and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch. This pouch limits calories that can be taken in on a regular basis in a day to less than 1,000 calories. The best way to perform this surgery is using laparoscopy method but some doctors still use the standalone method. You may check on the video below for the working behind this procedure:
Can I opt for this surgery?
A doctor takes in to consideration your health background, body structure, waist circumference and BMI to decide is this surgery is good for you or not. However, if your BMI is over 30 and your waist is 101 cm (men) and 89 cm (women), you may be a candidate for this surgery. This surgery is mostly recommended to seriously obese patients.
What are the risks of this surgery?
Some of the risks of gastric bypass surgery pertain to the common risks that occur in almost all surgeries. 10-20% of the patients may be at risk of wounds, trouble swallowing food and nausea.
Some risks pertaining to gastric bypass surgery are:
- Abdominal hernias
- Leakage of stomach and intestinal contents
- Narrowing from the stoma
- Dumping syndrome
How much weight can I lose with this surgery?
The weight loss with gastric bypass surgery is approximately 58% of the excess body weight. You may gain weight in the years following surgery but if you take proper care, you will be able to maintain this weight loss.
- Significant improvement and even cure of diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypertension and metabolic syndrome
- The doctor will follow up with you until 1.5 years
- Medical follow-ups including blood test reports, CT Scan reports will be done in hospital
- Hospital nutritionist will provide dietary and nutrition advice during follow up