WHAT IS GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY?
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is historically the most commonly employed variation of gastric operation for weight loss. This surgical procedure involves both restrictive and malabsorptive measures that help weight loss by limiting the amount of food eaten and nutrients the body absorbs.
The stomach is divided into a small pouch to collect food eaten. The pouch is about as big as a golf ball. The intestine is then attached to the stomach pouch but this part of the intestine does not absorb food to a significant degree.
Once the intestine is reconnected lower down, digestive juices mix with food and absorption of nutrients occurs.
As a result, patients will have a decrease in appetite, feel full with less food and absorb fewer calories from their food.
Am I a candidate?
Bariatric surgery is not for the casual dieter and there are several requirements that you will need to meet in order to be considered. Let us guide you through this process in a simple fashion. First, we need to know your height and weight. This will allow us to Calculate your Body Mass Index. BMI is an indicator used globally to indicate a healthy weight. Learn more about Body Mass Index
First of all, you will lose weight. On average, you will lose 70% of your excess body weight in the first 18 months after surgery.
You could also improve or eliminate type 2 diabetes and other obesity related health conditions. High blood pressure and/or high cholesterol medication can be eliminated.
Your hormones may be shifted from the weight loss and it could increase your metabolism long term. And lastly, long term weight loss success—most studies show that 90% of patients maintains at least 50% of excess weight loss after surgery.
And once you lose weight and reduce medication intake, it should become much easier to exercise and be more active. If you implement exercise plus healthy eating, you could lose even more than the average weight loss listed above.
• If you have diabetes or hypertension, the gastric bypass has a higher cure rate for diabetes and hypertension than the sleeve or lap band
• Gastric bypass has the longest track record of all the bariatric procedures commonly performed so it is tried and tested.
• Gastric bypass has the highest chance of improving severe acid reflux (heartburn).
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