The basics of gastric bypass surgery

For some people, it can be next to impossible to lose a great deal of weight. When the weight of an individual starts to affect their health to a high degree, it may be time to take drastic action to solve the problem. To that end, many turn to gastric bypass surgery. In this article, we'll give you a basic overview of the procedure so that you can understand exactly what it entails. Once you know more about the surgery, you can better determine whether or not it is a proper option for you.

Gastric bypass surgery helps many to lose weight by making the person's stomach a smaller size. This is done via surgery, and it results in the patient being unable to consume a large amount of food without getting sick. This can cut down the person's caloric intake to a certain degree, allowing their bodies to burn fat more efficiently, effectively curbing their problem with obesity. The surgery is often recommended for those who have a body fat index that is at a level of 40 or higher. This fat index represents a significant risk to the health of an individual if left untreated, so therefore, bypass surgery can be a godsend to those who have trouble losing weight.

There are a few conditions that can denote a perfect candidate for the surgery. For one, the surgery is most often employed in those who have been obese for a period of time that is at least five years or longer. It's not recommended for those who have a history of alcohol abuse, or those who have a problem with depression. Since the surgery is quite demanding of the body, it's recommended to only be performed on those who are between 18 and 65 years of age.

From a medical standpoint, the procedure is performed via a tightening of the stomach through the use of staples or a band that can trim down the stomach's size. This smaller stomach is then connected directly to the small intestine, with the bottom portion of the stomach being banded off and not used. There are two commonly employed surgical methods for achieving this procedure; one is an 'open' gastric bypass surgery in which a large incision is made in the abdomen. There is also the laproscopic approach in which a smaller incision is made and the procedure is performed through the use of small tools and a camera mounted on a tube to achieve the surgeon's objectives. A patient getting the surgery performed can expect a hospital stay between four and six nights while their body adjusts to the new way of processing food.

With a surgery as drastic as gastric bypass surgery, there are definitely some risks that are involved. You face the risk of developing an infection from the abdomen incision, as well as the chance of the stomach leaking into the abdominal cavity. Blood clot in the lung also may occur, and roughly thirty three percent of all people who get the surgery experience a side effect such as gall stones, anemia, or osteoporosis.

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