Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is an incredible medical treatment that has made a huge difference in the lives of countless people. This bariatric operation reduces excessive body weight by modifying the digestive system. It involves bypassing a portion of the stomach and small intestine in order to limit calorie intake and absorption during digestion. After surgery, the patient’s stomach becomes much smaller, resulting in feelings of fullness quicker than would normally occur after eating as well as decreased appetite due to associated hormonal changes.

It’s amazing how this simple procedure has dramatically changed so many lives – through better nutrition, increased physical fitness, improved mental well-being, and overall quality of life!

What Are The Benefits Of Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass Surgery has become a much more common procedure in recent years due to the many positive benefits it can provide to those with severe obesity. With the help of Dr. Alibhai, patients can see dramatic improvements in their overall health and quality of life. By restricting the amount of space available for food within the torso, the procedure limits the amount of caloric intake leading to rapid weight loss and reduced appetite. In addition, this type of surgery can also be beneficial in treating other conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and overall fatigue.

Depending on individual cases and circumstances, some insurance companies may offer coverage for gastric bypass surgery, an excellent benefit helping even more members of society gain access to this life-changing surgery

Who Qualifies for Gastric Bypass?

  • Patients who have a BMI of 40 or more.
  • Those with certain health conditions related to obesity, such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and hypertension, may also potentially qualify for the procedure.

Certain lifestyle changes must also be made and agreed upon before undergoing any bariatric surgery to achieve successful weight loss results in the long term

The Procedure

The process of this surgery is divided into two distinct parts:

  • Stomach Stapling
    In the first step, the surgeon will use staples to divide the stomach into two compartments – a small upper section and a larger lower section – creating a tiny stomach pouch that limits how much food can be consumed at one time.
  • Bypass
    By connecting this new smaller pouch to part of the small intestine, allowing food to bypass part of the stomach and small intestine, nutrition can be absorbed despite drastically reduced food intake.
    This surgical intervention provides an effective long-term solution for people with morbid obesity that have not had success with other means of weight management.

Aftercare Instructions

We always provide our patients with full postoperative instructions. The aftercare of gastric bypass surgery involves multiple aspects to look after for a successful recovery and overall health in the long run. Here are some instructions we usually ask to abide by:

  • Dietary Modification: After we perform gastric bypass surgery, you need to slowly transition from liquids to soft foods and eventually regular foods. Eating in small portions, chewing food slowly and thoroughly, along with not drinking with meals, is a must. Additionally, focus on high-protein meals and incorporate fiber-rich foods to accelerate weight loss and maintenance. 
  • Medication Management: Post treatment medications are crucial to prevent complications like ulcers and gallstones. Other than that, our specialists also prescribe bariatric-specific multivitamins to prevent nutritional deficiencies. 
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Being present at follow-up appointments with our bariatric surgeon is necessary for monitoring your progress, addressing any concerns, and making adjustments to the treatment plan. Also, you might have post-surgery weakness, and for that, we usually run blood tests to ensure adequate vitamin and mineral levels are there or not.
  • Physical Activity: We advise you to gradually resume physical activity after we do your gastric bypass surgery. Start with light work such as walking and gradually increase the intensity (to a normal extent) and duration of the entire exercise regime. You must remember that regular physical activity is pivotal for weight loss and then maintaining it. 
  • Monitoring for Complications: Even after you are sent home, we need you to be alert and identify any signs of complications, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding around the incision or gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea or vomiting. 

Your First Step In Losing Weight

Contact us to determine if you are eligible for bariatric surgery, such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or SADI, and take the first step in your weight loss journey.

To schedule a consultation with bariatric surgeon Dr. Alibhai, please get in touch with Nova Bariatrics & Minimally Invasive Surgery by calling (469) 639-0953.

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