Is This Weight Loss Option For You?
Gastric Bypass Works in Two Ways
First, it limits the amount of food which can be eaten at once by stapling the stomach off to create a small gastric pouch, usually the size of an egg. Second, it provides minimal ‘malabsorption’ of food, by rerouting and bypassing 2 to 6 feet of the small intestine to the stomach pouch.
The gastric bypass is an effective tool in losing and maintaining weight. This usually results in either significant improvement or complete resolution of medical problems related to obesity. However this surgical procedure, its not intended for all levels of obesity and it has to be performed by extremely experienced hands.
Gastric bypass surgery is offered in several countries including Mexico. It is a medical weight loss procedure that obese people may undergo if they have continuously tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise. You will only be allowed to have this surgery done if you are extremely obese and your health is in danger because of your excessive body weight. Through this procedure, the amount of food that you may eat will be limited, as a result fewer calories will be consumed and weight loss will be achieved.
What is a Gastric Bypass?
A gastric bypass means that you cut the stomach high up so that you separate the stomach in two parts – a small upper part and a large lower part. The upper part is then connected to the small bowel a bit downstream on the small bowel. The larger lower part of the stomach is just left lying idle. It is out of the food circulation and will never again be filled with food. So you end up with a small stomach and a shorter bowel. This means that you will feel full more quickly (because of the small stomach) and that you will absorb less of the food actually eaten (because of the shorter bowel).
Now, the small upper part of the stomach can be connected to the small bowel in a number of different ways: antecolic GE, retrocolic GE, with or without enteroanastomosis (EA), Fobi pouch – and Roux-en-Y. So the name Roux-enY is not a separate operation – it is just a technical descripton for the model for connecting the small stomach to the bowel. All of these (including Roux-en-Y) are gastric bypass operations.
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Who is it for?
There is a particular criterion for patients who are qualified for this surgery. Your healthcare practitioner will first determine if it is not viable for you to lose weight despite changing your daily diet and adding a workout regimen. You must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that is higher than 40 – this means that you are very obese, making you eligible for the surgery. On the other hand, a BMI of 35 to 39.9 indicates that you are obese and may also be considered to undergo the surgery, specifically if you have health problems because of your weight.
When planning gastric bypass surgery, Mexico is one of the best countries to get it done due to its affordable cost compared to other places. The doctor will assess different aspects of your life as well as your way of living. You will undergo very detailed medical screenings to make certain that you are the right candidate for this medical procedure.
You must be ready to meet with a psychologist, a nutritionist, a primary care physician, and a bariatric surgeon. You will learn about the pros and cons of the surgery, and even the after effects. You may be required to stop exercise programs, smoking and to restrict your eating and drinking before the procedure. You may also be obligated to get a pre-approval from your insurance provider, which may take some time.
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As with any other type of surgery, there are some risks linked in undergoing gastric bypass. One of the risks is death, and based on facts one in every 200 to 300 patients die after having the surgery. Blood clots in the legs are another risk involved in this procedure.
Right after the gastric bypass surgery, the patient may have a condition that transpires when eating too much or too fast, which results in an upset stomach or vomiting. The other known side effects are gallstones, vitamin deficiency, bleeding ulcers and kidney stones.