Are you overweight and insulin dependent? If so, gastric bypass could be the right procedure for you.
Roux-en-y gastric bypass is the gold standard for surgical weight loss in the United States constituting greater than 50 percent of bariatric surgical procedures performed. In the hands of Dr. Frenzel, the Gastric Bypass is done laparoscopically (less invasive, using a laparoscope) more than 95 percent of the time. There is always a risk of having to have open surgery if it is unsafe to proceed laparoscopically.
If eligible, patients who may be unable to undergo the procedure laparoscopically have the option to receive treatment through open surgery. As a life-saving procedure, Gastric Bypass drastically reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer among obese patients. In order to experience maximum benefits and maintain a healthy weight, it is important to understand the lifelong changes that will need to occur after undergoing bariatric surgery.
Who Can Benefit from Gastric Bypass?
Gastric Bypass is the leading operation for resolving severe or uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. Candidates for Gastric Bypass should have good mental health, a BMI of 35 or greater, and should possess a full understanding of the risks and benefits involved. The procedure is not recommended for heavy smokers, those with a hyperphagia disorder, or a history of Crohn’s disease.
The Gastric Bypass procedure is a crucial tool in the fight against obesity. Maintaining a long term healthy weight is highest among people who undergo this operation. The multi-faceted benefits that can be gained from Gastric Bypass surgery stretch far beyond weight-loss. Mentally and physically, patients can look forward to a dramatically improved quality of life and well-being. Patients eligible for this procedure can literally add years to their life.
How Gastric Bypass Works
In order to achieve weight-loss, Gastric Bypass restricts food intake and promotes food malabsorption. The stomach is divided to create a small pouch that connects to a loop of the small intestine. The procedure reduces the size of the stomach significantly, causing the patient to feel satisfied with only a small amount of food. After surgery, you will not only eat significantly less but you’ll also absorb less food than you actually consume, leading to significant weight-loss. Gastric Bypass surgery performed laparoscopically minimizes pain and speeds up the recovery process when compared to other procedures.
After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Weight-loss after Gastric Bypass occurs more rapidly than with the Gastric Band or Gastric Sleeve, so patients should be prepared for the physical and psychological changes that will follow. Because vitamin deficiencies can occur after surgery, a special Gastric Bypass diet is recommended to ensure proper nutrition. Laparoscopic surgery allows for a faster recovery time and process, as well as minimizes pain.
The success of Gastric Bypass surgery is not only measured by weight-loss, but also by the resolution or prevention of serious obesity-related health problems. By following a healthy lifestyle, Gastric Bypass provides long-term results.
Make an Informed Choice on Gastric Bypass Surgery
The decision to undergo Gastric Bypass surgery is a big step toward changing your life and overall health. We don’t recommend patients make the decision with haste, but rather make an effort to understand the risks involved and make an informed decision. It is important to fully understand the lifestyle changes that must be made post-Gastric Bypass surgery.
Your decision to receive treatment from Dr. Frenzel will be met with expertise and personalized care. The results you’ll experience after Gastric Bypass surgery will not only add years to your life, but significantly improve your quality of life as well. To learn more about this procedure and discuss whether it’s the right one for you, contact the bariatric surgery office of Dr. Frenzel to schedule a consultation.