Gastric Bypass is a truly remarkable operation. It is the original surgery for weight loss and has been around for decades. Therefore, it is the most extensively researched of all the bariatric surgeries. Since the first Gastric Bypass was performed in 1966, many other operations for obesity have come and gone, while Gastric Bypass has withstood the test of time. Despite this, as is the case with Severe Obesity, there exist misconceptions and misunderstanding about Gastric Bypass. However, the fact is that Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is a very safe, effective and lasting treatment for the disease of Severe Obesity and is, therefore, considered to be the “gold standard” preferred weight loss operation.
How it’s done
Gastric Bypass is performed laparoscopically and usually patients can go home after just two nights in the hospital. A small stomach “pouch” (about the size of an egg) is created from the upper part of the stomach, disconnecting it completely from the rest of the stomach, which remains in the body, but is no longer involved in the process of digestion. The upper small intestine is then divided and its lower end is connected directly to the stomach pouch.
How it works
After gastric bypass, the food you eat fills the stomach pouch, resulting in a signal from the pouch to the brain causing you to feel full, even though you have only eaten a small amount. Consequently, you take in far fewer calories. Also, the majority of the stomach and some of the upper intestine are now “bypassed”. In these areas, the food no longer mixes with digestive enzymes and therefore cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream. Perhaps most importantly, the alteration of the stomach and intestine is accompanied by a period during which your hunger is significantly reduced. Therefore, after a Gastric Bypass, you will feel less hungry in general, eat less and take in fewer calories each day, but still feel satisfaction after eating. As a result, you will not feel deprived or constantly fighting temptation, as is the case with dieting.
How well it works
Gastric Bypass starts working immediately. It is not uncommon for patients to lose 20- 30 pounds in the first month. By six months after the surgery, you can expect to have already lost about half of your excess weight. It is typical to lose about 80% of your excess weight within one year. After surgery, the effects of the gastric bypass combined with our instruction and guidance will help you to change not only the way you eat, but even the very nature of your “relationship” with food, which will help you to remain at a healthy weight for life. You will also experience a dramatic improvement in your health and activity. Gastric Bypass often puts an end to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, acid reflux, back and joint pain and even Type II Diabetes.
After Gastric Bypass, significant weight loss and reversal of obesity-related medical problems should not be regarded as something only to hope for, but rather, as a reliable, predictable, expected outcome.
|Type 2 Diabetes||83% resolved|
|High Blood Pressure||52 - 92% resolved|
|High Cholesterol||63% resolved|
|Metabolic Syndrome||80% resolved|
|Heart Disease||82% risk reduction|
|Asthma||82% improved or resolved|
|Sleep Apnea||74 - 98% resolved|
|GERD||72 - 98% resolved|
|Bladder incontinence||44 - 88% resolved|
|Osteoartritis||41 - 76% resolved|
|Quality of Life||95% improved|
|Premature Death||89% reduction in 5 year death rate (related to obesity)|