If you’ve been unable to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight with diet and exercise alone, gastric bypass surgery could be a good option for you.
Gastric bypass surgery is an effective tool that helps people who are morbidly obese lose excess weight. It was first performed in 1967 at the University of Iowa. Since that time, gastric bypass has become the gold standard of bariatric procedures worldwide.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Works
Also known as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGBP), this surgery helps patients lose weight by significantly reducing both the total capacity of the stomach and the amount of calories that are absorbed from food and beverages. That’s why gastric bypass is known as a restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss procedure.
During the minimally-invasive laparoscopic operation, your bariatric surgeon divides your stomach into two pouches by sealing off a large portion of your existing stomach with surgical staples and/or stitches. The remaining small section of stomach is then re-attached to make a new pouch where your food goes. Your gastrointestinal tract is rearranged to allow for drainage of both sections of your stomach.
After your gastric bypass surgery, you will feel full after eating very small quantities of food. This will help control your total caloric intake to promote weight loss. Your body will also absorb fewer calories from food than it did before the surgery, which can further enhance your weight loss efforts.
What To Expect
After gastric bypass surgery, you can expect to lose weight rapidly for six to nine months. Over the next nine to 12 months, weight loss slows down. You should reach your goal weight within 16 months of your gastric bypass procedure.
You should understand that gastric bypass is not a cure for obesity. It’s a medical tool designed to help you shed excess pounds in conjunction with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery
Dr. Wellborn’s gastric bypass surgery patients lose an average of 72 percent of their excess weight within two years of their procedure. They are typically able to enjoy successful long-term maintenance of their goal weights.
This significant weight reduction often leads to positive changes in conditions such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and other issues related to obesity.
Negative Aspects of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- More short-term and long-term complications than Lap-Band or Sleeve Gastrectomy
- Higher risk of malabsorption
- Nutritional supplements are necessary
- Labs must be checked to prevent metabolic bone disease, nerve damage, anemia, and other nutritional deficiencies
To learn more about Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, and to find out if this procedure is right for you, call (501) 663-9600 ext 110 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Wellborn.