Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery Overview

Being overweight or obese affects millions of individuals in the United States and many other parts of the world. Obesity can be very problematic and very detrimental to one’s health. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, some cancers and other medical problems are some of the health hazards obesity generates. Gastric Bypass surgery is an operation that treats obesity. Gastric Bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller (an egg-sized pouch), and the consumed food bypasses part of the small intestine. An individual feels full quicker than when they had a full sized stomach. This procedure reduces the amount of food a person eats to about 3 pints at one time, meaning fewer calories are consumed. When food bypasses part of the small intestine, fewer calories are absorbed. This ultimately results in weight loss.

These surgical procedures are only considered for patients with severe obesity. Having a mild weight problem is not a reason to undergo Gastric Bypass surgery. Individuals considering Gastric Bypass Surgery must discuss the risks and benefits with a trusted doctor. The short and long-term consequences involved should be outlined.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in gastric bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations about Gastric Bypass Surgery

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having gastric bypass surgery will result in weight loss. Losing weight may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Not all Gastric Bypass surgeries or the surgeons that perform them are the same. You want to make sure that you choose a surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. There are different techniques and procedures for Gastric Bypass. Some operations include gastric restriction, malabsorption or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass). Have the surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the different aspects of Gastric Bypass procedures:

  • Am I a good candidate for Gastric Bypass surgery?
  • Is the surgery performed with minimally invasive techniques?
  • What is the recovery time of the surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used?
  • What activities do I have to stop after recovering from the surgery?
  • What do the scars look like?
  • What are my dietary restrictions after the surgery?

If you’re consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery

Upon completion of the Gastric Bypass surgery you will be moved to a recovery unit where your progress will be monitored. If there are no complications, you will be discharged after 2 days of the surgery. It is recommended for you to engage in light activity at home. Daily activities, such as taking a shower and going upstairs can resume after few days. Following the diet plans given to you are important.

If your skin gets red around the staples, do not worry. Just call the surgeon’s office if the redness severs or you experience pain.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

Any surgical procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications, infection, and adverse reaction to the anesthesia.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the risks of death during the surgery?
  • Are there any risks of gallstones after recovery?
  • Will I have nutritional deficiencies?
  • What are the possible side effects?

It is important to remember that no surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Gastric Bypass surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Gastric Bypass Surgery

People who undergo gastric bypass surgery typically lose two-thirds of their extra weight within two years. This is largely because the decreased size of the stomach which allows only two to three ounces of food intake. Your body will not tolerate foods with high sugars and fats, which is another reason for weight loss. Gastric bypass surgery also changes the release of hunger-causing hormones which reduces a person’s appetite.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon, therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Gastric Bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.