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Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective ways of sustaining weight loss. According to statistics, more than 580,000 people undergo bariatric surgery annually. One of the most commonly undertaken procedures is gastric bypass.

But are you fit for this life-changing procedure?

That’s the question we’ll seek to answer in this piece. Let’s go through what gastric bypass surgery is, its benefits, who’s a candidate, and how to tell if you’re ready for it.

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What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is part of bariatric surgery, which encompasses a set of weight-loss surgeries aimed at modifying the gastrointestinal tract to help with weight loss. These procedures make changes to your stomach, small intestine, or both.

Gastric bypass is also called “Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass or RYGB. In this procedure, the surgeon leaves a small portion of the stomach, called a pouch, that holds very little food, thus reducing how much you eat.

The rest of the stomach is thus “bypassed” with the food you ingest only going to the pouch and then your small intestine. You, therefore, feel fuller faster.

Gastric bypass surgery is often done laparoscopically. The surgeon makes several small incisions on the stomach and then uses a camera (laparoscope) to see inside and perform the surgery.

Surgeons can also perform a mini-gastric bypass. This is still a similar procedure done through a laparoscope.

The Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most effective weight loss procedures. Most people lose significant weight between 18 and 24 months. Afterwards, they may start to regain some of the lost weight. However, very few regain all of it.

It is also common for obesity-related medical conditions to improve after gastric bypass surgery. Diabetes, for instance, improves rapidly. Other conditions, such as high blood pressure, may take longer to improve.

The Risks and Side Effects

The most common side effects of gastric bypass surgery include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, increased gas, excessive sweating, and dizziness.

Complications may also arise, such as infection, bleeding, blood clots in the legs that can move to the lungs and heart, and leaks from the stitched areas. However, these risks are infrequent, with statistics estimating them at about 7%.

Long-term complications are also very rare. The most common one associated with gastric bypass surgery is the dumping syndrome, where food moves too quickly through the small intestine.

Its symptoms include diarrhea, weakness, nausea, sweating, inability to eat sweets without feeling very weak, and faintness.

Dumping syndrome can affect up to 50% of gastric bypass patients. However, you can prevent it by eating high-fiber foods instead of high-sugar foods.

Who’s a Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

To be considered for gastric bypass surgery, you need to fulfill the following conditions:
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, defined as morbid or severe obesity
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 35 with at least one chronic obesity-related health problem such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea
  • Aged between 18 and 75
  • Committed to making long-term lifestyle changes

  • Committing to long-term lifestyle changes is one of the most impactful preconditions. The long-term success of gastric bypass surgery depends on how much you’re willing to change for the long term to achieve a healthy lifestyle. These changes go beyond simple dietary adjustments.

    How to Tell if You’re Ready

    Despite fulfilling the physiological conditions for having gastric bypass surgery, you need to fully consult with a team of experts to gauge your preparedness for the procedure better if you’re to get great results. Typically, you’ll have first to meet a healthcare team consisting of:
  • A primary care doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Dietician
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Nurse specialized in weight management
  • Psychiatrist or psychologist
  • Other specialists depending on your medical condition
  • The members of this team will explain what you should expect before and after the gastric bypass surgery. They’ll also evaluate your readiness for the procedure and help you decide whether it’s an option you want to take. You’ll be able to voice your questions and concerns, whether behavioral, medical, or psychological, and get professional advice from the relevant parties.

    Testing for Medical Concerns

    Before being cleared for the procedure, your doctor will test for any unknown obesity-related conditions. They’ll also test for problems that may complicate the procedure. These include:
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • You’ll most likely not be cleared for surgery if you have the following conditions:
  • Severe heart disease that prohibits safe anesthesia use
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Other conditions that increase the risk of using anesthesia
  • Start Consulting with a Bariatric Surgeon

    Gastric bypass will have a positive effect on your weight loss journey. Start consulting with a bariatric surgeon today and prepare early for your gastric bypass surgery.

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