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Weight Loss Surgery Gastric Bypass Surgery: Your Gateway To A Healthy Life

Gastric Bypass Surgery: Your Gateway To A Healthy Life


The 2014-15 National Health Survey shows that approximately 63.4 percent of Australian adults are obese or overweight. Gastric Bypass Bariatric surgery is one of the most effective ways to overcome obesity and helps improve various health problems related to obesity. At Perth Surgical and Bariatrics, our aim is to deliver superlative healthcare services and ensure every patient receives world-class treatment. We provide undivided focus and care to each patient, assess their unique needs, and develop tailored treatment plans to help them achieve their weight loss goals and lead a healthy life.


What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?


In Gastric Bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch-like cavity in the stomach and directly attach a section of the small intestine to the pouch. As a result, the food ingested bypasses a portion of the small intestine. By creating this stomach pouch, the surgeon limits the food intake of the patients, which makes them feel full for longer durations. As a significant portion of the small intestine is bypassed, the body absorbs fewer calories from food and starts utilizing the energy stored in fat, causing weight loss.


Types of Gastric Bypass Surgery


Gastric bypass surgery offers many potential benefits. Typically, patients experience a shorter recovery and less scarring with laparoscopic surgery than with traditional open surgery. However, it is important to remember that laparoscopic surgery is not appropriate for every patient, and, in some cases, surgeons will not know if they can perform the procedure laparoscopically until the surgery is underway. Various medical conditions may make laparoscopic surgery unsafe for certain patients.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is a permanent weight loss surgical procedure that helps patients achieve their weight loss goals. The surgery can be performed in two ways – open or laparoscopic. The major differences between the methods is that laparoscopic surgery has a shorter recovery period and causes less scarring.



SIPS Bariatric Surgery

Stomach Intestinal Pylorus Preserving Surgery, commonly called SIPS Bariatric Surgery, is an effective weight loss surgery that negates diarrhea and nutritional deficiencies (common with Duodenal Switch). The procedure involves the formation of a sleeve gastrectomy, a little larger than usual sleeve, which in turn controls the emptying of the stomach. This type of surgery is beneficial for diabetic patients.



Benefits of Gastric Bypass


Gastric bypass surgery offers many potential benefits. Typically, patients experience a shorter recovery and less scarring with laparoscopic surgery than with traditional open surgery. However, it is important to remember that laparoscopic surgery is not appropriate for every patient, and, in some cases, surgeons will not know if they can perform the procedure laparoscopically until the surgery is underway. Various medical conditions may make laparoscopic surgery unsafe for certain patients.


Risks and Considerations


  • Gastric bypass patients may experience dumping syndrome, a very uncomfortable result of consuming high fat and high sugar foods.
  • Gastric bypass is major surgery and carries all the risks of a surgical procedure. Please contact us for more information on these risks.

Possible Complications


  • Cardiovascular Problems (especially with unidentified pre-existing heart disease): Heart attack, stroke or death.
  • Respiratory Problems: Pneumonia, pulmonary embolus.
  • Wound Problems: Wound infection(<5%), hernia development (1% for laparoscopic).
  • Circulation: Problems includes blood clots in legs and blood clots migrating to lungs.
  • Stomach/Intestinal Problems: Leak from stomach or intestinal surgical sites requiring additional surgery, intestinal blockage (1-2%), stoma stenosis from scarring (10%), dumping syndrome (cramping bloating, diarrhoea after eating).
  • Nutritional Problems: Excessive weight loss, vitamin and mineral deficiencies (may need ongoing medications or injections), hair loss, bone weakening, gallstones or kidney stones.
  • Injury to Nearby Organs: Spleen requiring splenectomy (<1%), significant liver-bleeding (<1%), or potential for transfusions (<5%).
  • Numerous Other Less-Common Complications
  • Death Can Occur: For Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass (0.5 – 1%).

Gastric Bypass vs Gastric Sleeve


Gastric Bypass involves bypassing a significant portion of the stomach and small intestine to reduce the number of calories absorbed. Gastric Sleeve, on the other hand, only reduces the size of the stomach, while keeping intact the normal passage through the small intestine. Gastric sleeve results in only 65-72 % excess body weight loss, unlike the Gastric Bypass which can result in up to 95 % percent excess body weight loss.


Diet Post Gastric Bypass Surgery


Post Gastric bypass, patients feel full after having small meals and lose food cravings, owing to the modified digestive system and the hormonal changes triggered by the surgery. Patients should consume small meals with a high protein content and minimal carbohydrates. In addition, to minimize the malabsorption, it is advisable to include health supplements containing calcium, folic acid, iron, thiamine, vitamine D and vitamin B12.


Recovery


Gastric bypass patients are typically required to stay in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. Most patients recover fully in 2 to 4 weeks. Post surgery, patients must avoid swimming or bathing until the incisions have completely healed. They can resume heavy lifting and exercising after one to two months. To avoid stretching the newly formed stomach pouch, patients must refrain from overeating.


Need a Bariatric Expert? Book an Appointment, Now!


Gastric Bypass is an effective weight loss and health improvement solution in obese patients. The results from the surgery, however, may vary from one individual to another. To learn more about gastric bypass, schedule a consultation with the surgeons at Perth Surgicals and Bariatrics. Simply call 0893709686 or fill out our contact form and we will take it from there.