WHAT IS A GASTRIC BYPASS OPERATION?
Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-y gastric bypass, is a kind of bariatric surgery that is a combined with sleeve gastrectomy. It is one of the major weight loss surgeries that can help you lose up to 55-70% of your excess weight.
It works by seperating the upper part of the stomach pouch from the rest. Then immediately diverting it to the part of your small intestine so the food will only go to the upper section of the stomach. Thus, when the patient eats a small portion of food, he will immediately feel full as if his stomach was filled with plenty of food. This procedure takes between 2-4 hours.
The most essential condition a patient must meet to have the surgery is to have the suitable Body Mass Index (BMI). The eligible BMI for the surgery is 35 or higher. For the eligible patient, Gastric Bypass Surgery can treat many disorders apart from obesity, such as sleep apnea, heart disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure and many more.
Keep in mind that, after getting Gastric Bypass, since the stomach pouch that receives the food will be smaller the calories and nutrients that your body absorbs will be lessened. Therefore, your surgeon will prescribe some vitamins and immune system supporter supplements. You may need to use these vitamins and supplements for a long time period.
CANDIDATES FOR GASTRIC BYPASS OPERATION
Not everyone is suitable to undergo a Gastric Bypass operation. The patient must meet some conditions to be a candidate. The most important ones are:
- The person wishing to have this operation must not weigh less than 40 kg.
- The person wishing to have this operation must have a BMI at 35 or higher.
- The person wishing to have this operation must be healthy and not suffer from any conditions that caused this excess weight.
- The person wishing to have this operation must be free from blood clotting problems, as they may lead to severe bleeding during the operation.
- The person wishing to have this operation must be free from serious and chronic diseases, such as heart conditions, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and immunodeficiency.
A person who suffers from obesity and related health problems, such as osteoporosis and cartilage melting. A person who has failed to lose weight through exercise and a balanced diet. The patient must not have any infections with certain viruses, such as hepatitis C virus, Anemia, and Aids.
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PRE- GASTRIC BYPASS OPERATION TIPS
Before undergoing the Gastric Bypass Operation, the patient must undergo some procedures first, such as:
- The patient must undergo some medical tests first to make sure their health situation is suitable for the operation.
- Refrain from eating or drinking anything for eight hours before the Gastric Bypass Operation.
- Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks to a month before the operation.
- Refrain from having any blood thinners, such as green tea.
- Refrain from all kinds of caffeine, such as Arabic coffee and tea for at least two weeks before the operation since they make it difficult to anesthetize the patient.
- Refrain from taking any medications which can lead to blood-thinning for at least two weeks before the operation.
POST-GASTRIC BYPASS OPERATION TIPS
There are some guidelines and instructions that must be followed by patients who undergo the Gastric Bypass Operation, the most important of them are:
- Refrain from eating immediately after the operation. You can only intake fluids. By the time, you can start eating pureed food for a while, then some light, soft food, and finally you can eat solid complex food.
- Take vitamins and mineral supplements which include iron, calcium and vitamin B12.
- Refrain from doing any great effort or carrying any heavy things for at least a month after the operation.
- Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks to a month after the Gastric Bypass Operation.
- To maintain the operation results and have a long term solution to your excess weight, you must follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
STAGES OF GASTRIC BYPASS
The Gastric Bypass Operation has three main stages:
- Anesthesia stage: At this stage, the patient is given general anesthesia to protect the patient from feeling any pain during the operation.
- Sleeve gastrostomy stage: At this stage, the doctor sleeves the upper section of the stomach, which is a small stomach pouch section that can accommodate up to 28 grams of the food. Thus, the food will go directly, without passing by the larger lower section forcing the patient only to eat small amounts of food.
- Gastric transformation stage: At this stage, the doctor connects the upper part of the stomach directly to the small intestine through a small hole to allow the food to pass to the small intestine.
What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a weight loss surgery that involves dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch and then connecting the small intestine to the upper pouch. This procedure reduces the size of the stomach and changes how food is absorbed, leading to weight loss.
How much is gastric bypass surgery?
The cost of gastric bypass surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the geographic location of the surgery, and other related expenses. In Turkey, the average cost of gastric bypass surgery Starts from $4,000.
What can you never eat again after gastric bypass?
After gastric bypass surgery, patients are advised to avoid certain types of food that can cause discomfort or digestive problems. These may include high-sugar foods, high-fat foods, fried foods, carbonated drinks, and harsh or stringy meats. However, the specific dietary restrictions may vary depending on the individual’s circumstances and the healthcare provider’s recommendations.
How long does gastric bypass surgery take?
The duration of gastric bypass surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the surgical technique used, the individual’s specific circumstances, and the surgeon’s experience. Typically, gastric bypass surgery takes two to four hours to complete.
Is gastric bypass safe?
A qualified and experienced healthcare provider generally considers gastric bypass surgery safe. However, like any surgical procedure, it may be associated with certain risks and complications, such as bleeding, infection, and blood clots. Discussing the potential risks and benefits of this procedure with a qualified healthcare provider before undergoing treatment is essential.
Is gastric bypass reversible?
Gastric bypass surgery is considered a permanent weight loss solution and is not typically reversible. However, in rare cases, a healthcare provider may recommend a revisional surgery to modify or reverse the effects of gastric bypass surgery.
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