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What is a Gastric Bypass?
A gastric bypass, also known as the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is the longstanding and most well-known form of weight-loss surgery. It is known as a bypass because the completed procedure allows for a smaller stomach pouch, and a shorter segment of small intestines, by bypassing the normal intestinal route.
How is a Gastric Bypass Performed?
At MIB we perform our gastric bypasses through minimally-invasive endoscopic surgical techniques whenever possible. If the patient is suffering from dangerous comorbidities or does not qualify for minimally-invasive practices, we may revert to open surgery.
Our surgeon makes small incisions to insert surgical tools into the patient’s abdomen. From there the top of the stomach is turned in to a small pouch. A separate, smaller resectioning of the small intestine is performed. The surgeon brings the bottom half of the intestine upward and connects it to the new stomach pouch. This creates a smaller passage for food and digestion.
How Does a Gastric Bypass Work?
The bodily changes of the gastric bypass surgery stimulate weight loss because:
- The newly created stomach pouch is significantly smaller than it was before surgery. This causes the patient to eat smaller portions which means they consume fewer calories.
- The shortened digestive process allows less time for calories to be absorbed.
- Rerouting the digestive stream of food produces changes in “gut hormones.” These changes promote satiety, suppress hunger, and even reverse one of the primary causes of type 2 diabetes!
What are the Advantages of a Gastric Bypass?
The patients who undergo gastric bypass experience many benefits, like a dramatic decrease in comorbidities and an increased quality of life. The advantages directly related to the gastric bypass procedure include:
- Gastric bypass patients tend to lose 60-80% of excess weight.
- Only smaller portions of food may be consumed at a time.
- There are favorable changes regarding hormones affecting appetite.
- A general expectancy to maintain upwards of a 50% loss of excess weight.
Who is Qualified for a Gastric Bypass?
If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater you are automatically qualified for this procedure, or if you have a BMI greater than 35 with comorbidities you may be a candidate for gastric bypass. The best way to know if you are qualified for this procedure is to call us at 954-249-3950 and set up a consultation!
What Should I Expect Post-Surgery?
You will wake up in the recovery room about 1-2 hours before our staff moves you to your hospital room. On average, most patients stay in the hospital for three days. If your procedure was performed with minimally-invasive techniques instead of by open surgery, your discharge is often sooner; possibly after 1 or 2 days. The expected recovery time for a gastric bypass patient is two to three weeks, but varies by patient. Depending on the patients’ individual situations, they may require more or less time to recover.
Can I Still Become Pregnant After Surgery?
Yes! A resounding YES! This is a question we are asked quite often, and is more than a reasonable concern. The only stipulation is that you should wait for all postoperative effects to have ceased, and to have reached a stable weight before you become pregnant. The timetable for this stabilization is generally 16 to 18 months.