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A type of Bariatric Surgery used to treat morbid obesity by aiding dramatic weight loss. It is also known to help lessen the problems associated with asthma, high blood pressure (hypertension), type 2 diabetes and general heart problems.
With a gastric bypass, the stomach is divided into two parts using a stapling device; a small upper pouch and a large lower ‘remnant’ pouch. The small intestine is rearranged accordingly, bypassing the large pouch and thus significantly reducing the volume of the stomach. Altering the anatomy like this gives the sensation of feeling ‘full’ when eating, far quicker, due to the tiny capacity of this new stomach, therefore leading to rapid weight loss.
Also referred to as obesity surgery, metabolic surgery or weight loss surgery, Bariatric procedures are designed to restrict the amount of food the body can absorb.
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General anesthesia is administered before the surgery begins - either open surgery or laparoscopic. In an open surgery, an incision is made on the abdomen. Upper portion of your stomach is cut and sealed to separate it from rest of the stomach and it is as tiny as a walnut. After this, the small intestine is cut and connected with this portion of your stomach through stitches. The abdominal incision is stitched and a bandage is applied over it. In the laparoscopic procedure, no large incision is made as 6 to 7 small cuts are made and a laparoscope along with tiny surgical instruments is inserted through it. The rest of the procedure is the same as open surgery and the incisions are stitched and bandaged.
It takes 2 to 4 hours in the operation theatre to perform this surgery and the duration differs for both methods. After the surgery, you will have to stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days depending upon your health condition. After you have been discharged, you have to stay in the Phuket for at least 14 days. During this period, you will attend follow up check-ups and your health, recovery and success rate are continuously monitored. Stitches are removed after 7 to 10 days. If there are no issues, you are allowed to go home.
Both methods of stomach bypass surgery have different recovery times. The Laparoscopic method requires much less time to recover and in total, 4 to 6 weeks are required for the complete recovery. Pain killers are given to deal with moderate to severe pain during the recovery process. There is swelling and bruising around your wounds which subsides after some time. Do not drive for at least 4 weeks after the surgery.
The following points should be followed by the patient after being discharged from the hospital:
The success rate for gastric bypass surgery has increased in recent years and gastric bypass surgery is considered successful when you lose 50% of your excess weight. It means you should lose 50 pounds if you are 100 pounds overweight. A decrease in the incidence of the following diseases has also been found. 80% Success rate was found for diabetes and 90% success rate for sleep apnea after gastric bypass surgery.
Surgery should never be considered as the first option. Do consider other available options before going for the surgery. Minimally invasive options are also available. The following are some alternatives to gastric bypass surgery:
Before the surgery, you are under the risk of several morbid diseases. You are obese and may be hypertensive. Obesity limits your activity and opens doors for many other disorders. After going through this surgery and seeing the weight naturally drop off you, the risks for other diseases will decrease, you will look slimmer and your ability to partake in physical activity will vastly improve.
Alternative Bariatric Procedures:
1. Gastric Band - An inflatable silicone device is fitted around the top portion of the stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch, intended to decrease the amount of food consumed in one go.
2. Gastric Sleeve - The stomach is reduced to about 15% of its original capacity by surgically removing a large portion of it, resulting in a sleeve or tube-like structure. This process is irreversible.
3. Gastric Balloon - An inflatable device is temporarily inserted into the stomach via endoscopic placement. The balloon obstructs a sizable area of the stomach, thus reducing the amount of food it can contain at any one time.
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