FAQ Gastric Bypass

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Gastric Bypass

What is a gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss procedure that involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting it directly to the small intestine, bypassing a large portion of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This limits the amount of food a person can eat and reduces nutrient absorption, leading to weight loss.

Who is eligible for gastric bypass surgery?

Candidates for gastric bypass surgery typically have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. A comprehensive evaluation is necessary before considering gastric bypass surgery.

What are the risks associated with gastric bypass surgery?

Risks associated with gastric bypass surgery include infection, blood clots, leaks in the gastrointestinal system, ulcers, gallstones, bowel obstruction, malnutrition, and dumping syndrome (rapid gastric emptying). However, many patients find that the benefits of weight loss outweigh the potential risks.

How much weight can I expect to lose after gastric bypass surgery?

Weight loss after gastric bypass surgery varies from person to person. On average, patients can expect to lose 60-80% of their excess body weight within 12-18 months post-surgery. Long-term success depends on adherence to dietary, exercise, and lifestyle changes.

What is the recovery time after gastric bypass surgery?

Recovery time after gastric bypass surgery varies, but most patients can expect to spend 2-5 days in the hospital. Complete recovery may take 4-6 weeks. Following their surgeon’s recommendations, patients should gradually return to their normal activities.

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What is the long-term care after gastric bypass surgery?

Long-term care after gastric bypass surgery includes regular follow-up appointments, nutritional counselling, and vitamin supplementation. Patients will need to maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise, and adhere to lifestyle changes to achieve and maintain weight loss. Regular check-ups are essential to monitor for potential complications and to ensure overall health.

Remember to consult a medical professional before deciding about gastric bypass surgery. They can provide personalised advice and information based on your unique circumstances.

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