What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass has long been considered the “gold standard” for obesity surgery and depending on your unique needs, the gastric bypass can be an excellent tool for gaining long-term control of weight. The bypass procedure accomplishes weight loss in two distinct ways.
First, through restriction, or limiting the volume of food intake, which creates a sense of satiety (fullness). In fact, during the first 6-12 months, patients rarely, if ever, feel the hunger sensation. And second, through modest malabsorption, which limits the body’s absorption or intake of nutrients and calories in the uppermost intestines.
Gastric Bypass Advantages
- Almost always performed laparoscopically: Without large incisions, for faster healing and less pain.
- Most restrictive weight loss procedure: Leading to greatest potential weight loss*.
- Malabsorption: Surgery also generates weight loss by reducing absorption of calories and potentially creating a limited tolerance for dense carbohydrates
- Excellent long-term results: Safe, reliable and effective.
- Gold Standard: More than 60 years as a surgical weight loss option.
Is reversible, if necessary. (However, this is not a simple procedure.)
Ideal Gastric Bypass Candidates
This gastric bypass procedure may be particularly suited to persons with a BMI of 35+ with co-morbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain, fatigue and more who wish to have quick and enduring weight loss. The gastric bypass is for people who like to use the biggest tool in the toolbox and want to see profound and quick results. Most people are able to return to work in 2-3 weeks.
Patients typically lose 75%+* of their excess weight, usually by the first anniversary post-surgery. Long-term success is dependent on accepting new rules for eating and food selection (that will be taught in the pre-operative and follow-up periods, with education before and after surgery). Don’t worry, we’ll help you get there… and stay there! Almost everyone reports that their newfound energy levels and activity interests will lead to increased planned exercise and a more active lifestyle.
*Individual results may vary
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What should I expect?
The biggest point of emphasis with the Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y is that it is a tool to help you reach your weight loss goals, not a solution to obesity in and of itself. After the surgery, you will not be able to eat as much as before. This is intended to help you consumer fewer calories and make it easier to lose weight. However, if you do not change your eating and exercise habits, the weight loss process will be slower, or you may risk regain of weight over time.
What is the surgery like?
Surgery takes approximately one to two hours. This will vary based on your past surgical history and anatomy. The typical hospital stay is two nights. This procedure is almost always done laparoscopically through 5 to 6 small incisions in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery usually results in a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars, and less pain than open surgical procedures.
What kind of follow up will I need?
After surgery it is vital to your success to follow up with our office. You will be asked to come in for a 2 week post-operative visit with the surgeon and then a visit with the team at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and then yearly. Those that follow up regularly tend to do the best with their weight loss outcomes.