Determining if you are a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery

Without a doubt, one of the best methods for losing weight that modern medicine has discovered so far has got to be gastric bypass surgery. It's an extreme measure that one must commit to; they must alter their diet, monitor their food intake, and commit to a risky surgical operation in order to reap the benefits. For that reason, it can be tough to consider whether or not gastric bypass surgery is right for you. In this article, we'll be taking a look at gastric bypass surgery and examining who are the most perfect candidates for the operation.

In gastric bypass surgery, surgeons alter the size of the stomach. They do this by sealing off the bottom half of the stomach and connecting the top half directly to the small intestine. Through this method, the amount of food that the patient can fit in their stomach is drastically reduced. Due to that, the patient is forced to maintain a diet that hovers around 1,000 calories per day. It's an effective operation; when properly performed, patients can expect to lose up to between seventy five and eighty percent of their excess weight. Physicians regard the surgery as the only sure-fire way for helping obese patients to lose their weight and keep it off. But the surgery isn't for those with a moderate amount of excess weight. Gastric bypass surgery carries a number of risks, and as many as 3 out of 200 people die as a result of the procedure. For that reason, it can be a very serious consideration to get the surgery. There are some guidelines that physicians follow when it comes to choosing patients that would benefit from the surgery, and we'll discuss them.

It is pretty much universally agreed that gastric bypass surgery should only be performed for individuals that are over 100 pounds overweight. Another rule of thumb that is used is that if the patient is at least twice their ideal body weight, they are a candidate. It's also important that the obesity has been present for some time. Most doctors agree that the excess weight should be present for at least three years to undergo bypass surgery. Another thing that doctors take under consideration is the number of efforts that the patient has made to lose weight via a more traditional method.

Secondary problems caused by obesity may also contribute to a doctor's position on bypass surgery. If you suffer from hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, or depression due to your obesity, you are more likely to be recommended towards getting bypass surgery. These secondary problems can be alleviated via the weight loss that occurs from the surgery.

Since there's a certain degree of risk involved, gastric bypass surgery is a decision that you can only make on your own. While you may be an ideal candidate for the surgery, it's important to weigh your values against the possible consequences of the surgery. Don't be hasty to make a decision one way or another until you are absolutely sure which course of action you wish to take.


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