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Weight Loss Plans: Gastric Bypass Decision

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Is Gastric Bypass Right for Me?

If you have tried and failed several times with other attempts at weight loss then gastric bypass may be the solution. Gastric bypass should be viewed as a last resort when other weight loss methods have been tried without success. Doctors recommend the surgery for people who are morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher between the ages of 18 and 65.

Gastric Bypass – Change and Commitment

Because a strict diet and exercise program must be followed after gastric bypass you have to be fully aware and committed to the changes you have to make. A gastric bypass changes the digestive system drastically. The stomach is stapled or banded to form a small pouch, and you can only eat very small portions of food. Eating smaller portions helps you lose a lot of weight, but you must stick to this type of diet or you may get sick and/or gain your weight back. You must also regularly exercise to help get and keep the weight off.

Gastric Bypass – Change and Benefit

Gastric bypass patients can lose up to 70-80 percent of excess weight within the first 2 years after surgery. Proper diet and exercise habits have to be incorporated into your life, though, in order to fully benefit from the procedure. Getting a gastric bypass gives you a boost with weight loss and from there you have to continue with the regimen you and your doctor agree will work for you.

Talk to your doctor about all the facts and details of gastric bypass. Along with your doctor other people such as fitness trainers, nutritionists, and support groups are there to support you before and after getting the procedure done. If you know you can handle the surgery and the required lifestyle change that follows then gastric bypass may be for you.

Gastric Bypass and Gastric Band

Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Band
Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Band
The term bariatric surgery encompasses many forms of surgery available to assist with weight loss in obese patients. It should be noted that bariatric surgery is recommended only for those who are morbidly obese and suffer from health consequences caused by the obesity. Bariatric surgery is a serious undertaking and requires commitment to be successful. In addition, bariatric surgeries of any kind carry with them the risk of complications and death. This article will explain two forms of bariatric surgery: gastric bypass and gastric band.

People who qualify for either procedure have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40, or have a BMI of 35 and have one or more severe co-morbid conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, spinal or joint problems, venous thromboembolic disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and other related issues.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is the blanket term used for the permanent surgical re-arrangement of the stomach and small intestine. Basically, the stomach is divided into two areas: an upper (small) pouch, about 10% of the size of the entire stomach, and the remaining portion of the stomach. The small intestine is then reattached. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the amount of food required before the patient feels full, which limits the number of calories consumed each day. Weight is lost fairly quickly, and most patients will lose an average of 65 to 80% of excess weight in the first three and a half years following surgery.

Risks and complications of gastric bypass surgery include (but are not limited to):

  • adverse reaction to anaesthesia which causes death;
  • complications of abdominal surgery such as bowel obstruction, venous thromboembolism, infection, hemorrhage and hernia;
  • complications of gastric bypass such as dumping syndrome, anastomotic ulcer, anastomatic stricture, and anastomatic leakage; and
  • nutritional deficiencies.

Gastric Band Procedure

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