Most gastric bypass operations are laparoscopic, which means that the surgeon makes small incisions. Thus, the recovery time is shortened. Most patients remain in the hospital for 2-3 days postoperatively and may return to normal activities within 3-5 weeks.
Gastric bypass surgery is an invasive surgical procedure that involves dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The basic idea of this surgery is to shrink the size of your stomach so that you don’t eat as much food as you used to.
Each and every gastric bypass surgery procedure is tailored to suit every individual’s needs, preferences, and the clinic’s best practices. when you arrive at the clinic, you will have your final consultation which will be done face-to-face between you and your surgeon.
When you have both gone through the details of the Gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon will begin to prepare you for the procedure. Here is what to expect during the surgery:
To make you feel comfortable during the surgery, your surgeon will give you general anesthesia right before the surgery commences.
When you are anesthetized, the surgeon will start the procedure. Although some surgeries are still performed with traditional large (open) incisions, most are performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting instruments through multiple small incisions in the abdomen.
Once the general anesthesia is applied, your surgeon will make incisions and then cut across the top of the stomach. After dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach, the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch.
This pouch is going to be a walnut-size, and it can hold only an ounce of food.
You can start low-intensity activities immediately after the surgery and this is a very important part of your recovery process. It basically helps to prevent pneumonia, blood clots, and constipation, and it increases weight loss. Your surgeon can also guide you on pain control and postoperative medical tests.
The most important part of post-operative instructions contains diet.
Is Gastric Bypass Painful?
You may feel pain or soreness after the procedure is done. However, your surgeon may prescribe painkillers to relieve this pain and discomfort.
What Are the Effects of Gastric Bypass Surgery on Weight-Related Diseases?
Gastric bypass is one of the most effective methods for achieving the ideal weight of morbidly obese patients and it has a significant effect on the treatment of weight-related diseases caused by morbid obesity such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, and high cholesterol.
How Much Weight Will I Lose with The Gastric Bypass Surgery?
On average, gastric bypass surgery patients lose between 50 to 80 percent of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months after the procedure.
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