Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most popular, successful, and commonly performed weight loss surgeries. The Dallas area has skilled surgeons who can provide this procedure for patients who need extra assistance reaching a healthy weight. Dr. Preeti Malladi is among the most skilled laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeons in the Plano and Dallas areas.
What Is a Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?
Many gastric bypass procedures are performed laparoscopically. Laparoscopic surgeries offer tremendous benefits for patients. With laparoscopic technology, surgeons can use small incisions and a small camera to perform procedures that without it require much larger incisions. This means reduced pain and quicker recovery for patients.
In a laparoscopic gastric bypass, the stomach is divided into two sections, a small upper pouch and a larger lower section. The bariatric surgeon then connects the small intestines to the pouch, rerouting the digestive system. Food will travel down the esophagus and enter the smaller pouch, then proceed through the intestines, bypassing the majority of the original stomach.
How Does Gastric Bypass Work?
Gastric bypass procedures decrease the size of the stomach and reroute the digestive system. The smaller stomach means you cannot eat as much. The rerouted digestive system means that your body does not absorb as many calories from the food you eat.
Patients often find that they feel less hungry after bypass surgery and their cravings for unhealthy foods are reduced. This is because the bypass reduces levels of hormones responsible for hunger that are released into the digestive system and affects nerves in the GI tract that communicate with the hunger centers in the brain.
Why Are Gastric Bypasses Used?
When you consult with Dr. Malladi’s team in Plano or Dallas, gastric bypass surgery may be recommended if you have been unable to lose weight in spite of making all the right lifestyle changes. This procedure can help you by limiting food portions and reducing calorie absorption. Bariatric surgeries like this one are intended to help you incorporate healthy eating habits into your daily routine, thereby acting as a supplement to diet and exercise.
Who Is Eligible for Gastric Bypass?
If you have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 (or have 100 or more pounds to lose) and have not had success losing weight on a medically supervised weight loss program, you are likely eligible for gastric bypass . Alternatively, if you have a BMI over 35 and have a chronic weight-related health condition such as type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease, etc., you are probably eligible for weight loss surgery. It’s best to meet with a bariatric surgeon like Dr. Malladi to make sure you are a candidate.
Gastric Bypass Recovery
The recovery from laparoscopic gastric bypass is shorter and easier than recovery from an open surgery because there are just a few, small incisions. Most patients find that they are able to go home after one or two days in the hospital. While the majority of patients plan on taking two or three weeks off of work to recover from their weight loss surgery procedures, a small percentage recover so quickly they feel good enough to return to work after just a week or so. It’s important to remember that everyone’s recovery will look different and you must listen to your body and take time to heal.
What Can I Expect After the Surgery?
The results of a gastric bypass can be dramatic. Within the first year, most patients can lose on average 60-80% of their excess body weight. After a year to eighteen months, weight loss usually slows down and eventually stops, at which point consistent exercise and proper diet are needed to maintain a healthy weight. As you lose weight, you will also see improvements in certain weight-related conditions, such as acid reflux, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.
What is the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery?
Recovery time after gastric bypass surgery differs for every patient based on their individual health and fitness level and various other factors. After weight loss surgery, most patients are ready to go home after spending one to two days recovering in the hospital but your bariatric surgeon can recommend a longer stay if necessary. The recovery process continues at home for the next few weeks. Some patients find that they are ready to return to work the week following their surgery but the majority of patients take about two to three weeks off work.
What does a gastric bypass do?
Gastric bypass decreases the size of the stomach so you cannot eat as much. The procedure reroutes the digestive system so your body does not absorb as many calories from the food you eat. Patients who have gastric bypass surgery usually see dramatic weight loss during the first year after surgery if they are able to modify their lifestyle according to their doctor’s recommendations.