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What is a Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass is a kind of weight loss procedure that involves creating a small pouch out of your stomach, and then connecting this newly-created pouch straight to the intestinal. Following gastric bypass, swallowed food items will be placed in the small stomach pouch and will then be absorbed directly into your small intestine. This bypasses the majority of your stomach and the beginning of the small intestinal tract.
Gastric bypass is among the most frequently performed forms in bariatric surgeries. Gastric bypass is performed in cases where diet and exercise aren't working or you are suffering from serious health issues due to weight.
Weight-loss surgery could be an option for you if you're obese and haven't been able to shed weight with diet and exercise.
Doctors typically employ BMI, also known as the Body Mass Index (BMI) as well as health conditions like Type 2 Diabetes (diabetes which began at the age of early adulthood) as well as high blood pressure to decide who is most likely to be benefited from weight loss surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery isn't an easy cure for weight gain. It will drastically alter your life. After the surgery it is imperative to eat nutritious foods, be aware of the portion sizes of your food intake and work out. If you don't adhere to these guidelines there is a chance that you will suffer complications after the surgery, as well as inadequate weight loss.
The surgeon will require you to undergo examinations and meetings with other health providers prior to having this surgery. These include:
- A thorough physical exam.
- Tests for blood, ultrasound of your gallbladder and other tests to determine if that you're in good health to undergo surgery.
- Consult your physician regularly to ensure that any other medical issues you might have such as high blood pressure, diabetes and lung or heart problemsare under control.
- Counseling for nutrition.
- Courses to help you understand what happens during surgery as well as what to be prepared for afterward and what potential risks or complications could occur following surgery.
- It is possible to meet with a professional counselor to make sure that you're emotionally prepared to undergo this procedure. It is essential to have the ability to undergo significant changes to your lifestyle following surgery.
Smokers, abstain for several weeks prior to your surgery and refrain from smoking once you have had surgery. Smoking can delay recovery and raises the chance of having issues. Talk to your physician or nurse if you require assistance in quitting smoking.
- Have an index of body mass (BMI) that is 40 or more or have a body mass index (BMI) between 35-40 and an obesity-related disorder like diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, as well as extreme sleep apnea.
- It weighs less than 450 pounds. This is the maximum amount of weight hospital radiology equipment can handle.
Gastric bypass surgery is an effective way to treat overweight people, and the majority of them will lose weight following the procedure provided that they're prepared for the changes required. However, you'll always be at risk of gaining weight, even after a few years.
You should be able to eat normal meals around three months after the surgery. In each phase during the course of gastric bypass it is essential to drink 64 ounces of water per day to prevent dehydration. Drink fluids between meals, but not during meals.