Gastric bypass surgery
Gastric bypass surgery explained
This operation assists weight reduction by decreasing a patient's stomach size and then shortening their small intestine. As a result, the food eaten then bypasses the majority of the stomach so patients can only eat small amounts and not all of the food eaten is digested. On average, between two thirds and three quarters of the excess weight can be lost within two years. Yet, this operation is usually only recommended in cases of obesity when other weight loss programs have failed.
The operation is usually carried out using the keyhole method, with a telescope and camera for guidance. A pouch is made from the top part of the stomach, which is then connected to the small intestine.
Patients may need pain relief during the recovery time and initially will only be able to consume liquids. Vitamin and mineral supplements may also need to be taken. The recovery time is usually four to six weeks in total and patients may also be asked to become more active in order to get the best results from the operation.
If you want to find out more about the operation, you should seek medical advice. A medical professional will be able to explain the procedure and assess whether or not it is suitable for you. In addition to seeking professional advice, you can carry out your own research using online resources. Available sites are dedicated to giving advice on gastric operations, explaining the procedure and giving information on the different types of procedure available to patients.
You can also use the internet to find a local bariatric clinic where you will be provided with further advice. Online support groups and forums allow patients to discuss the operation and are a great way to hear about the experiences of others.
- The operation may be recommended in severe cases of obesity.
- The recovery time is four to six weeks.
- Advice is available from medical professionals.