Gastric Bypass Surgery reduces the amount of food you can eat and also limits the body’s ability to absorb calories. This surgery is one of the most common surgeries around the world.
What happens during gastric bypass surgery?
1. A specialist surgeon will make a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach and close the rest of the stomach.
2.The surgeon then divides the small intestine and attach the end portion to the small stomach that is newly formed.
Bypass surgery also reduces weight, because:
- The small gastric pouch reduces the amount of food you eat.
- The shorter digestive tract from the stomach to the small intestine reduces the amount of calories that the body absorbs.
- Changes in the flow of food leads to changes in the abdominal hormones to control your appetite and your blood pressure and help you to feel more saturated.
What are the benefits of gastric bypass?
- After the surgery and within a year, on average, about 60 to 80 percent of your excess weight is reduced.
- Generally, the rate of excess weight reduction in these patients is higher than those who have done restrictive surgeries, such as gastric sleeve or adjustable gastric band.
- An average of 10 to 13 percent decrease in weight gain within 10 to 14 years
Advantages of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Many surgeons use laparoscopic method in the gastric bypass due to its benefits. In fact, this method enables the surgeon to perform many similar procedures, such as the traditional procedure and open surgery. Some of the benefits include:
- Less pain and less need to take pain killers
- Low risk of wound infections
- Quick recovery and return to daily activities
- Small incisions instead of a large cut
- Less hospital stay