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Are you overweight and insulin dependent? If so, gastric bypass could be the right procedure for you.
Roux-en-y gastric bypass is the gold standard for surgical weight loss in the United States constituting of greater than 50% of bariatric surgical procedures performed. In the hands of Dr. Frenzel the gastric bypass is done laparoscopically (less invasive, using a laparoscope) greater than 95% of the time. There is always a risk of having to have open surgery if it is unsafe to proceed laparoscopically.
The gastric bypass is the best weight loss operation for resolving severe or uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. Candidates for gastric bypass should have good mental health, a BMI of 35 or greater, and should be capable of understanding the risks and benefits involved. The procedure is not recommended for heavy smokers, those with a hyperphagia disorder, or a history of Crohn’s disease.
How Gastric Bypass Works
To achieve weight loss, gastric bypass restricts food intake and promotes food malabsorption by dividing the stomach to create a small pouch, which gets connected to a loop of the small intestine. The procedure reduces the size of the stomach significantly, causing the patient to feel satisfied with only a small amount of food. After the surgery, you will not only eat significantly less but you will also absorb less food that you do eat leading to significant weight loss.
After Gastric Bypass
Weight loss after gastric bypass occurs more rapidly than with the gastric band and gastric sleeve, so patients should be prepared for physical and psychological changes that will follow. Vitamin deficiencies can occur after surgery, so a special gastric bypass diet is recommended to ensure proper nutrition. The success of gastric bypass surgery is not only measured by weight loss, but also by the resolution or prevention of serious health problems related to obesity.
Make an Informed Choice on Gastric Bypass Surgery
The decision to undergo gastric bypass surgery is a big step toward changing your life and overall health. We don’t recommend that patients make the decision with haste, but rather make an effort to understand the risks involved and make an informed choice. To learn more about the procedure and discuss whether you are a good candidate, contact the bariatric surgery office of Dr. Frenzel to schedule a consultation.