Obviously, being an obese person puts you in a dangerous zone! Obesity is a chronic condition that has negative consequences on nearly every system in your body.
Fortunately, in the last 3 decades, surgeons have started to perform surgery that has the potential to treat obesity and end the struggle of many people. Let’s introduce you to gastric bypass surgery!
Gastric bypass surgery, formally called roux-en-Y (spelled “roo-en-why”), is a type of weight loss surgery that alters the way your body handles food by creating a small pouch from your stomach and connecting the new pouch directly to your small intestine.
Interestingly, this surgery becomes the most commonly performed obesity procedure in the United States because it provides great weight loss with manageable side effects.
Gastric bypass surgery is very effective and helpful for obese people. After the surgery, your stomach will be smaller, and you will feel full quickly after eating. In short, the surgery can grant you the following benefits:
Surgeons usually perform the surgery in a hospital under general anesthesia and need around 60 to 90 minutes to finish it. Currently, there are two main ways to perform the surgery, namely open surgery and laparoscopy.
Open surgery involves making a large incision in your abdomen to make the necessary changes. Laparoscopy, on the other hand, consists of the use of a laparoscope (tiny camera) to navigate the abdomen and make the right moves. In either case, gastric bypass surgery commonly requires two main steps:
To make your stomach smaller, your surgeon will divide your stomach into a smaller upper region and a bigger lower section by using surgical staples. So, the food will go into the upper part of your stomach, which now will be like a “pouch” the size of a big walnut. This pouch only can receive 28 grams of food.
The bypass refers to connecting a little portion of your small intestine (called jejunum) to a tiny hole in the pouch (upper portion of the stomach). This new opening will allow the food to pass from the pouch into your small intestine directly; thus, absorbing less calories.
Although generally safe and highly effective, gastric bypass surgery remains a major surgery that carries different risks and potential side effects, including:
Because they’re similar, you may be confused between gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. Check the following table to learn the main differences between the two procedures:
|Gastric Bypass||Gastric Sleeve|
|Your surgeon makes your stomach smaller by turning it into a small pouch and bypassing most of it and the first part of your small intestine.||Your surgeon removes about 80% of your stomach and sews the remaining part.|
|Complexity||Two-step procedure (more complicated) with longer recovery.||One-step procedure (less complicated) with faster recovery.|
|Results||Lose up to 80% of your excess body weight at a faster pace.||Lose up to 65 % of your excess body weight at a slower pace.|
|Risks||More risk of complications, especially malabsorption of nutrients.||Lower risk of complications, including dumping syndrome, but can cause acid reflux.|
|Anatomical Changes||Possible to be reversed but remains a challenging task.||Permanent and can’t be reversed.|
Click here to learn more about gastric sleeve (sleeve gastrectomy).
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Yes, but sometimes side effects can appear, just like any other surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery takes between 2-4 hours.
The main benefit is weight loss, but it also helps treat obesity-related conditions, such as:
– Type 2 diabetes
– Heart problems
Fortunately, gastritis is not a common complication after gastric bypass surgery.
Because the patient can lose weight faster than gastric sleeve.
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