Laparoscopic gastric bypass is an option for patients who are obese and want to lose weight and improve their overall health. By performing the procedure laparoscopically, with a minimally invasive technique, patients are able to recover more quickly.*
During laparoscopic gastric bypass, the size of the patient’s stomach is reduced. Surgical staples are used to divide the stomach into two portions. The upper portion becomes the size of about a walnut, and is the pouch where food goes when you eat. Since this upper portion is small, you are able to feel full more quickly during meals.
A portion of the small intestine is connected to the pouch, allowing the intestine to absorb calories from the food that you eat and then eliminate the excess calories you take in that your body does not need. This reduced stomach size and calorie intake is what allows patients to lose weight.
Am I a Candidate?
Your doctor can help you determine if laparoscopic gastric bypass is the best surgical weight loss option for you. In general, candidates for this procedure are 100 pounds or more overweight and have a BMI (body mass index) of at least 40. Some patients who have a BMI of at least 35 are also eligible if they have a secondary condition that is influenced by obesity, such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. Patients who undergo gastric bypass have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise.
Following your procedure, you can go home once you are able to keep down liquids and are not nauseated or dizzy. The laparoscopic procedure uses small incisions and instruments, so there is less overall recovery time or discomfort. Many patients can go home after only a couple of days in the surgical center. Your doctor will provide you with a post-operative guide for nutrition so you can ease back into eating regular, nutritious foods.
After the Procedure
For long term success, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for portion sizes, food intake, and physical activity. A nutritional counselor can help you learn how to eat healthy and make the most out of nutrient intake with your reduced stomach size. It is also important to follow up with your doctor regularly in order to monitor your progress.
With laparoscopic gastric bypass, you can alter the way your digestive system takes in food and enjoy the weight loss benefits that come with feeling full more quickly. For more information, contact us today.