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Is Gastric Bypass 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.

home-about-center3Certain tests are needed to determine your candidacy. You may need to see a psychologist to evaluate your mental health and to ensure you have reasonable expectations for your surgery. A registered dietitian will help you make a plan to adopt healthy eating habits so your nutritional needs can be met following your surgery. Your surgeon may also refer you to other specialists to conduct these tests, which will determine whether you are healthy enough to undergo surgery or to determine if special measures should be taken to ensure your safety during surgery.By going through the process to determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, the surgical team is also able to review your medical history and your current health. Once you are cleared to have the surgery, the surgical team will be able to make considerations for whatever needs you may have during surgery. This ensures that you will have optimal chances for success following your surgery.

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The Bariatric Center of Kansas City is the largest center for laparoscopic weight loss surgery in the Kansas City metropolitan area. We are listed by the Surgical Review Corporation as a Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Dr. Stanley Hoehn has served on university faculties and have received specialty training in the field of laparoscopic weight loss surgery from surgeons who developed laparoscopic techniques. In addition to the dedicated surgeons, we are also staffed with with physician assistants, nursing and supporting staff that have years of experience in providing compassionate, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeryatient-centered care.

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