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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a kind of weight-loss surgery that includes creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the newly created pouch directly to the small intestine. This procedure is done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems. 

Gastric bypass is one of the most commonly performed types of bariatric surgery. It is done when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have severe health problems because of your weight.

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About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that helps people lose weight by changing how their stomach and small intestine handle food. After the surgery, the stomach is made smaller and the small intestine is bypassed. This makes it harder to eat and absorb calories, which leads to weight loss.

Gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix for obesity. It will greatly change your lifestyle. After this surgery, you must eat healthy foods, control portion sizes of what you eat, and exercise. If you do not follow these measures, you may have complications from the surgery and poor weight loss. 

 

Procedure of Gastric Bypass Surgery

There is an appropriate procedure that needs to be followed for a person undergoing gastric bypass surgery. 

Before undergoing gastric bypass surgery, patients undergo a thorough evaluation to assess their eligibility and overall health. 

Gastric bypass surgery is performed under general anesthesia, ensuring that the patient is comfortable and unaware of the procedure. The surgeon then makes small incisions in the abdomen, usually using a minimally invasive technique known as laparoscopy.

Using surgical instruments, the surgeon divides the stomach, creating a small pouch at the top. This new pouch restricts the amount of food that can be consumed, leading to earlier feelings of fullness.

The surgeon then bypasses a portion of the small intestine by connecting the lower end of the divided small intestine directly to the small stomach pouch. This rerouting reduces the amount of nutrients and calories the body absorbs from food.

After ensuring the connections are secure, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures or staples. The patient is then closely monitored during the initial recovery period, which typically involves staying in the hospital for a few days.

Following gastric bypass surgery, patients must adhere to a specialized diet and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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