Is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for Me?
Gastric bypass is one of the most common weight loss surgical procedures performed, accounting for 80% of weight loss surgical procedures. Laparoscopic gastric bypass involves making six small incisions in the abdomen and placing a camera inside the body to get a view of the area to be operated on. Laparoscopic gastric bypass, as opposed to open procedures, has less of a chance of complications during and after surgery, also requiring shorter hospital stays and recovery periods.
This type of bariatric surgery involves dividing the patient’s stomach into two pouches. The upper, smaller pouch, which can hold only about one ounce of food, is connected to the small intestine. The lower portion of the stomach and upper part of the small intestine are bypassed, meaning that food spends less time in the digestive system and the body absorbs less fat and calories from the food. Significant changes to diet and lifestyle are needed to ensure patient safety and success. Eating more food than the smaller stomach can handle, or eating foods high in fat or sugar, can cause vomiting, which stresses the stomach. To lose weight after bariatric surgery you must continue following the diet and exercise guidelines given to you by the doctor.
We require some follow up visits to monitor your progress and evaluate your health after surgery. Patients who follow their doctor’s guidelines typically lose 50% of their excess weight in the first two years following surgery.