What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric Bypass Surgery can be defined as a technique in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch. The small intestine is then rearranged connecting both in a different configuration. The changes made to the stomach and small intestine result in weight loss by:
Limiting the amount of food that your stomach holds.
Limiting the number of calories and nutrients your body absorbs.
Changing your gut hormones helping you feel full longer, contributing to appetite suppression and the reversal of obesity-caused metabolic syndrome.
Gastric Bypass Surgery is one of the tools we have along with improved physical activity, exercise and healthier food choices to achieve a healthier life.
With weight loss, other benefits from gastric bypass surgery include:
Remission of Type-2 Diabetes
Bariatric Surgery can result in remission of Type-2 diabetes. Studies show that in up to 90% of cases, blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes is significantly improved with most seeing complete remission allowing patients to remain free of their diabetes medication after surgery.
Improved Blood Pressure
Obesity has a direct link with high blood pressure. Significant weight loss can lead to an improvement in blood pressure control with most patients on several weight loss medications see a reduction to even a complete stop in the use of blood pressure medications following weight loss surgery.
Improvement in High Cholesterol and Hyperlipidemia
Hyperlipidemia is one of the obesity related diseases that increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke. Following reversal of obesity with gastric bypass more than 70% of patients have improvement in their hyperlipidemia.
Improved Arthritis and Joint pain
Obesity increases pressure on joints and with weight loss, this reduces with significant increases in mobility and reduction in joint pain.
Resolution of Acid Reflux
In patients with morbid obesity and acid reflux/heartburn, the gastric bypass can lead to complete resolution in more than 80% of patients.
Resolution of Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is strongly linked with obesity. Sleep Apnea occurs when there is blockage of the upper airway resulting in a drop in oxygen levels during sleep with patients waking up struggling to breathe. This blockage is due to the subcutaneous fat around the airway and with weight loss this reduces with more than 90% of patients reporting complete resolution of sleep apnea with weight loss.
Gastric Bypass Surgery: A Safe Surgical Procedure
While any surgical procedure has risks, gastric bypass surgery has been found to be one of the safest surgeries to undergo. It is regarded as safe as most other elective surgeries. It is done via minimally invasive techniques with small incisions resulting in a reduction in your hospital stay and your recovery time. It also helps to reduce post surgical pain, limit scar tissue in the abdomen and indeed long term complications of these. , decrease your hospital stay, limit scarring, and decrease post-operative pain.
Are you considering gastric bypass surgery? Well, then CGA Weight Loss and Surgical Specialists is just the place for you. It is our aim to help you win a healthier, happier life by losing weight and helping you become your best self. We provide all methods of weight loss from dietary advice, to weight loss medications and weight loss surgery. Our strength is in our personalized approach to weight loss and our policy of treating our patients like family with dignity, respect, and empathy being our watchword.
Our goal is to help guide our patients through the challenging yet exciting journey of weight loss so that they can take ownership of their lives again.
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