What is a gastric bypass?
A gastric bypass is a form of bariatric surgery that combines two approaches to weight-loss surgery in one procedure.
The restriction approach works by reducing your stomach capacity and preventing your ability to overeat. The malabsorption approach prevents your body from absorbing all the calories from your diet.
Gastric bypass surgery uses both restriction and malabsorption to enable you to lose weight sustainably, providing a long-term solution for obesity.
What happens during gastric bypass surgery?
The laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure is currently the gold standard for weight-loss surgery. For this procedure, your team at Turnquest Surgical Solutions accesses your abdomen using six small incisions about one centimeter each in length.
They then introduce special instruments via cannulas, which are slim, flexible tubes placed through the incisions. Using these laparoscopic instruments, the team partitions the proximal stomach, which is the upper section, to form a pouch about the size of a large egg or lemon.
This pouch dramatically reduces the amount of food you can consume at any one time. In addition, the surgical team bypasses a small part of the intestine so that less of the food you eat can be absorbed, forcing your body to lose weight.
The procedure takes between 1-2 hours and is generally safe. The risk of complication is low at approximately 0.5-1%, and the surgical team reviews these risks thoroughly with you at the time of your visit to Turnquest Surgical Solutions.
You spend a day or two in the hospital after your gastric bypass surgery, and you can expect to return to work after 1-2 weeks.
How much weight will I lose after gastric bypass surgery?
You can expect to lose 60-80% of your excess body weight after your gastric bypass surgery. You should also see a significant reduction in any health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and generally, enjoy a better quality of life.
As with any surgical intervention for weight loss, how you deal with food and the type of food you enjoy changes.
Your appetite should be more easily satisfied with smaller meals, and you’re likely to find you have a lower tolerance for certain types of food, such as sweets and red meat, after gastric bypass surgery.
If you’re obese and are finding it impossible to reduce your weight by other means, call Turnquest Surgical Solutions today to discuss gastric bypass surgery, or book an appointment online.