One of the most commonly performed bariatric surgeries available, gastric bypass surgery was devised in the 1960s and has helped patients around the world lose significant amounts of weight and start living healthier lives. Gastric bypass surgery can not only help you attain a slimmer physique – it can also improve or resolve diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions. Plus, losing weight with the help of gastric bypass surgery can help to reduce your risk of developing life-threatening conditions such as heart disease and high-blood pressure. Many patients lose about 70-to-80 percent of excess weight during the first two years after gastric bypass surgery.
98 percent of the time, our surgeons at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants perform gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically, which can lead to minimal recovery times and less visible scarring.
Please contact TLC for more information on gastric bypass surgery, or to schedule a consultation here at our practice.
Gastric Bypass Surgery Candidates
Patients who are candidates for gastric bypass surgery are usually those with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 50 or greater, and those who are morbidly obese and have diabetes. Patients who have had previous weight loss surgery, those who have a tendency to binge-eat and consume lots of sweets, and patients who live more than two hours away from their bariatric surgeon may also be candidates.
Gastric bypass may be an effective alternative for patients who are not candidates for adjustable gastric banding procedures. We typically perform this procedure laparoscopically, using very small instruments and tiny incisions. However, for the very few patients who may not be candidates for laparoscopic gastric bypass, an open gastric bypass procedure may still be an option.
About Gastric Bypass Surgery
In laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, our surgeon will make a small stomach pouch, detached from the rest of the stomach and connected to the lower end of the small intestine, to limit food intake. The upper part of the small intestine is reattached, ultimately forming a “Y” shape (hence the term, “Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass surgery). Since food is only going to the smaller stomach pouch and then traveling to the lower intestine, calories and fat that would normally be absorbed is now limited. Plus, since the smaller stomach pouch can hold less food, you should experience an earlier feeling of fullness at mealtimes.
Most patients can return home within one day after gastric bypass surgery. Pain and discomfort can be managed with medication. You will likely be encouraged to be up walking as soon as possible to keep your circulation flowing. Normal daily activities can often be resumed about two-to-three weeks after surgery. We will schedule regular follow-up appointments with you to monitor your progress and ensure you are losing weight safely and effectively. It is very important that you follow all of your post-operative instructions and stick with your new dietary regimen.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can help you lose large amounts of weight and reduce serious risks to your health. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this procedure. Please contact TLC to schedule a consultation.