If you’ve tried medically supervised dieting and exercise but still struggle with losing weight, gastric bypass surgery may offer you a solution. This procedure can help patients lose significant amounts of extra pounds to help them gain a healthier lifestyle.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
When performing gastric bypass surgery, bariatric surgeons split the stomach into two separate sections. One, smaller in scale, is attached to the esophagus. The smaller stomach section is typically about the size of an egg and is usually referred to as the pouch. The larger part of the stomach remains connected to the bowels. Next, the surgeon creates a stoma, which is a small opening, in the pouch that he then connects to the intestine. This procedure leaves the patient with only a small amount of stomach capacity to fill, and less intestine length to absorb fewer calories from their food.
Gastric Bypass Recovery
The gastric bypass procedure is a serious surgery that will require recovery time. Most patients remain in the hospital for 36 to 48 hours, and then experience several weeks of postoperative healing. Patients should plan to take at least two weeks off from work and to spend their first week after surgery without driving. Patients will visit their doctor for a follow-up appointment about a week after their procedure.
Gastric Bypass Results
Gastric bypass works by limiting the amount of food a patient can eat, lowering the amount of calories she or he can absorb, and stimulating the release of hormones that tell the brain that the stomach is full. Because you will experience suppressed hunger and will have less ability to eat large amounts of food, you can expect to lose as much as eleven to fifteen pounds per month for the first six to twelve months after your surgery. Beyond this time frame, weight loss will slow. In two years, many patients experience a significant reduction in their overall excess weight.
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