What is Gastric Bypass?
Gastric Bypass, also known as the Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass, is a procedure where a small pouch of the upper stomach is created and separated from the rest of the stomach using specially designed surgical staplers. This allows the patient to consume less food before feeling full.
Who is it for?
The gastric bypass procedure is suitable for those:
Why Gastric Bypass Procedure?
Studies have shown that long-term weight loss is sustained even after 5, 10 and 15 years.
How is it Performed?
There will be 5 small wounds used to perform the procedure.
By bypassing the lower stomach and the first part of the small intestine, fewer calories will be absorbed as food passes through this new pathway. A keyhole bypass procedure is reversible; however, it is a technically demanding procedure.
Surgical staples are used, to help create a small compartment/pouch, which will serve as the new stomach. The pouch will hold about a cup of food.
Small Intestine Reattachment
The small intestine will be disconnected from the stomach, and one free end of the small intestine will be brought up and attached to the stomach pouch. The other free end is attached onto the small intestine, creating a Y shape.
What to expect before and after surgery?
Get answers to some common questions
A: The remnant (or remaining) stomach gets smaller over time since it is no longer getting stretched with food and drink, but still serves an essential purpose in producing stomach acid and enzymes to help us digest our food.
A: Certain vitamins and minerals will not be absorbed well enough for you to meet the recommended daily requirements. You are likely to be given multivitamins, calcium supplements, Vitamin B and iron supplements by your doctor or nutritionist. These are often required and extremely important to good health.
A: No matter which type of weight loss surgery you perform, it is only a tool to help you lose weight and keep it off if used effectively.
Gastric bypass requires that you to reduce your intake of sweets and fats in the long run. You will experience physical symptoms such as abdominal cramping, sweating and general weakness when you consume too much fatty food or too many sweets. Our team will be guiding you throughout your journey.
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