Types of Gastric Bypass Surgeries, Complications & More

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Gastric bypass is one of the two main forms of bariatric surgery for weight loss. Weight loss surgery has become very popular in the last decade as an effective weight loss method. Gastric bypass is the most effective form of the weight loss trend. Gastric bypass surgery reduces not only the size of the patient’s stomach but also how the food is absorbed. This allows for maximum weight loss in a short period of time. As with every surgery there are pros and cons associated with this weight loss surgery.

Gastric Bypass

There are several different types of Gastric bypass. In general the results are the same. The different techniques used to perform the Gastric bypass procedure depend upon the surgeon performing the operation. There are slight differences in the various types of Gastric bypass, it is important to research the different types and decide on the type which best suits you.

The most common type of Gastric bypass is the Roux en-Y (proximal). In this gastric bypass surgery the surgeon removes or reduces the stomach to a small pouch the size of an adult thumb. The small intestine is then separated 18 inches from the end of the stomach. The lower portion is attached to the new stomach pouch while the upper end remains attached to the larger remaining portion of the stomach. This Y connection allows the patient to retain his or her full stomach. The new connection allows the food to pass through the smaller pouch into the small intestine. The shortened trip through the small intestine also reduces food absorption. Because of this reduced absorption the patient must take mineral and vitamin supplements for the rest of their lives to maintain a healthy life style.

Complications of Gastric Bypass

Like any surgery, Gastric bypass has risks and complications associated with it. Patients under going Gastric bypass should be aware of the complications and risks associated with any surgery are also associated with gastric bypass surgery. This includes complications associated with anesthesia and other surgical complications like blood clots and excessive bleeding. These are all normal complications for anyone having a surgery of any type, but Gastric bypass also has risks and complications that are distinctive to this bariatric procedure. These complications and risks include anastomotic leakage, anastomotic stricture, dumping syndrome and nutritional deficiencies. Gastric bypass surgery has a 2% mortality rate. The most common abdominal surgery complication is an incision hernia. This can be reduced by having a laparoscopic procedure or a mini incision performed.

Gastric bypass is a life changing surgery that changes the anatomy of the patient. This enhances weight loss abilities by reducing stomach size as well as absorption of the food that is consumed. While the anatomy is changed the mental addiction to food is not. It takes determination and a commitment to long term weight loss for Gastric bypass to be completely successful. Weight loss with Gastric bypass is the fastest among bariatric surgeries. The patient’s weight loss journey is complete after only 18 months, with the majority of the weight lost in the first year. Gastric bypass has amazing weight loss results. Patients can easily lose their excess body weight generally more than one hundred pounds in just a few months.

For more information on Gastric bypass surgery please visit the following link.

Dr. O.C. Anez, https://www.obesitysurgerycenter.net/


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This post is part of the series: Weight Loss Surgery

Weight Loss Surgery has been around for more than 40 years. It maybe the answers to your weight loss problems. This series will answer all the questions you have about Weight Loss Surgery and even some you may never have thought of.

  1. What is Weight Loss Surgery?
  2. Weight Loss Surgery: Who Should Have Weight Loss Surgery?
  3. What to Expect Before Surgery
  4. What to Expect with the Lap-Band System
  5. What to Expect with Gastric Bypass