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Gastric Bypass

January 8, 2021

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Gastric bypass is a tried, tested, and successful bariatric treatment which makes you feel full with much less food being eaten.

If you have developed one or more health issues due to obesity, then it is important to know that bypass surgery is the solution that can save your life when all else has failed.

Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy?

Although gastric bypass surgery has been one of the leading forms of bariatric surgery for decades, the sleeve gastrectomy procedure is now the general leader. However, the reason why many still opt for the gastric bypass over the sleeve gastrectomy is the additional benefit of reduced-calorie absorption.

Because diabetics suffer glucose spikes when excess calories are absorbed, inhibiting calorie absorption plays a critical role in treatment.

When is the Gastric Bypass Procedure Advisable?

Patients who retain a current diagnosis of morbid obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or above are the strongest candidates for gastric bypass surgery. Above all else, and for obese people who have tried dieting, exercise, medicine, and exhausted all other options, our specialist may recommend a bypass as a permanent solution.

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Overview Bypass Procedure

Gastric bypass limits food intake by shrinking the stomach and reduces calorie absorption through bypassing portions of the small intestine. There are some variations of the surgery that will be discussed with the specialist doctor at the consultation.

During the bypass, the upper small intestine and stomach are each divided into two portions. That is to say, the upper part of the stomach is reduced to the size of a walnut. This helps create the feeling of fullness and reduced food intake. Meanwhile, this small pouch is bypassed to a lower section of the small intestine for reduced calorie absorption.

The laparoscopic surgery method allows our specialist to complete the procedure with just a few tiny incisions in your abdomen. Using these access ports, he maneuvers high-precision surgical instruments and a tiny laparoscope camera into your abdomen.

The real-time video feed from the laparoscope displayed on a monitor allows the specialist to complete the entire surgery in 2-4 hours. Patients are typically released from the hospital between 2 and 3 days later.

Dr Miguel Li is our specialist bariatric surgeon.

Long-term Prognosis

In conclusion, and for patients who are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, gastric bypass surgery has a proven track record of success.

Interestingly, more than 80-percent of patients go on to reverse their hypertension or diabetes! In as few as two years, patients can expect to lose between 60 and 70-percent of their excess weight. Once complete, ask us about a body lift surgery which may be necessary to eliminate excess skin and tighten loose muscles.

OK, so I’m interested! What’s the next step?

If a gastric bypass is something you may be interested in, please contact us to ask any questions you may have, or set up a consultation appointment with our specialist.

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