Gastric Bypass Procedures

Bypass Risks

Gastric Bypass Health Information

Facts About Gastric Bypass Procedures

Gastric bypass procedures are performed on around 150,000 individuals yearly. It is known by different names but most people just consider it weight loss surgery. It has become a very common operation, but is not a surgery that should be done without first knowing the risks and the lifestyle changes that you will be forced to make in order for the long term goals to be met.

There are a number of gastric bypass procedures that can be used, but the two most common are the the open and the laparoscopic. The laparoscopic has become the preferred method because the body receives less of a trauma, so there is not only less pain, but a faster recovery time. However, there are times when the medical condition of the patient makes it unwise to use this procedure so the open operation is performed.

The difference in the open surgery and the laparoscopic surgery is basically this. Using the open bypass method, the surgeon will make a large incision in your abdomen. The incision must be large enough for the surgeon to do his job, because he will actually be handling the organs and doing the surgery with his hands as most other surgeries are done. However, when using the laparoscopic procedure, the surgeon will only make 5 or 6 very small incisions in your abdomen. This incisions are made to allow miniature cameras, lights, and surgical equipment to enter. The surgeon then does the operation using robotics while watching a screen outside the body. This minimal invasive procedure must be done by a specialist in the field, but it is very proficient and allows the patient to recover faster. There are risks and complications that can occur, so talk to your physician about these or perhaps do more research on the subject just as you are doing now. We do have a site called bypass surgery complications that goes more into the details of the surgery itself.

After your surgery is over you can expect a hospital stay of only a few days if there are no complications. Upon leaving you will be given an exercise program and diet program that must be followed without variation. It will make your recovery time shorted and safer. It will also get you started on the new lifestyle that you must get accustomed to, which is mainly a low fat and low calorie diet with sufficient exercise to burn calories and keep you overall body running smoothly. Once you have had gastric bypass procedures, you are looking at a life time of special diets and a total change in your eating habits, so be aware of all these responsibilities as you make your decisions.

The good news is that 80% of gastric bypass patients go on to reach their weight goals and after time become accustomed to their new life patterns. Not only that, besides looking and feeling considerably better, you will find a lot of the health problems you were having will have gotten better, or gone away all together. Just don't forget to follow your bypass diet plan to the letter as it can make a big difference in your long term health goals.

There are other articles on our website that you can go to for more information. I have just tried to give you the basics to give you some things to think about and help you with further investigation into the surgery. The main point of this article is to make you aware of two things; gastric bypass procedures do have their risks, and once you have had one you are faced with a total new lifestyle that you must adhere to. However, most individuals who have had the surgery do find if they follow the guidelines they are given, the end results makes it all worthwhile.