Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a bariatric operation that helps people lose weight. It is done by creating a small pouch and connecting this pouch to the small intestine. This operation is mainly considered when the person cannot lose weight even though he/she tried regular exercise and diet.

Gastric bypass helps to prevent overweight-related problems. Considering that being overweight negatively affects psychology, it is possible to say that this procedure can be advantageous both physically and mentally.

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    Who Is Considered An Appropriate Candidate For Gastric Bypass?

    Gastric bypass is performed for the purpose of treating obesity and overweight. Getting a healthier life and reducing the risks of weight related conditions are among the main goals of this surgery.

    If you suffer from over weight-related problems such as:

    • Infertility,
    • Cancer,
    • Hearth diseases,
    • Diabetes (Type 2),
    • Hypertension,
    • High cholesterol,

    gastric bypass may be a good solution for you.

    It is important to remind that, most bariatric surgeries, including this one, it is done when natural methods (diet and exercise) are tried but the desired results are not achieved.

    Other than these, you may wonder “which criteria determine a patient's suitability for bariatric surgery?” Typically, your BMI (stands for Body Mass Index) should be 40 or above which is considered morbid obesity.

    If your body mass index is 30 to 34 or 35 to 39.9 (these are the morbid obesity range) and you have severe health problems that are caused by excess weight you can consider gastric bypass.

    If you have hypertension or Type 2 diabetes you can also have this operation.

    Gastric Bypass Procedure

    Your doctor will make a decision whether you are appropriate for the surgery, based on the information about

    • Your current weight,
    • Medical background,
    • Your BMI range,
    • Results of your lab tests,
    • Medical condition,
    • Your physical endurance,
    • Your mental strength.

    Surgery Process Of Gastric Bypass

    The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Thereby the patient will not feel any pain during the operation. Gastric bypass is mostly done with two methods: Traditionally or laparoscopically (which refers to the most widely used method today).

    In both types of applications, incisions are made first. The top of your stomach is cut by the surgeon. The small intestine is also cut and sewed it onto the newly created pouch. In another word, most of the stomach is removed with an incision method and remained small-sized pouch (which will be as big as almost the size of a walnut) is sealed. The operation takes approximately 2 to 3 hours; however, the duration of the operation may change.

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    While preparing for gastric bypass you should begin the exercise and diet plan that your surgeon will give you. You should avoid consuming caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea. Also, your surgeon may want you to stop taking blood-thinning medicines.

    You should follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and you must attend your follow-up appointments. More specifically, you should stick to your diet plan, eat healthily, and take vitamin and mineral supplements.

    The recovery period may vary according to the patient’s health status and type of surgery. For example, the recovery duration of the laparoscopic method lasts shorter. Generally, full recovery takes about 4 to 6 weeks. The side effects of the surgery will go away in time.

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