Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. Is the most complex type of bariatric surgery. During the gastric bypass surgery, your physician makes changes to your stomach and small intestine to change the way they absorb and digest food.
How it works: the surgeon staples the stomach, creating a bag in the upper section that works as the main stomach. Subsequently, the small intestine is cut and joined with the stomach pouch created. This causes food to skip most of the stomach and upper small intestine. Gastric bypass aids weight loss by:
- Restricting the amount of food that your stomach holds.
- Limiting the number of calories and nutrients your body absorbs.
- Changing your gut hormones, which help you feel fuller longer, contribute to appetite suppression and the reversal of obesity-caused metabolic syndrome.
Pros and Cons of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- More weight loss than the gastric band.
- No foreign materials are inserted in the body.
- Severe shortage of vitamins and multinutrients.
- Problems related to surgery.
Is Gastric Bypass Surgery right for me?
Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are major, life-changing procedures. While gastric bypass surgery can help reduce your risk of weight-related health problems—such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and sleep apnea—it can also pose major risks and complications. You will need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for gastric bypass surgery. In general, gastric bypass surgery could be an option for you if:
- Efforts to lose weight with diet and exercise have been unsuccessful.
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher.
- Your BMI is 35 or more and you have a serious weight-related health problem.
- You’re a teenager who’s gone through puberty, your BMI is 35 or more, and you have serious obesity-related health problems.