Thursday, July 4, 2013

What You Should Consider Before Gastric-Bypass Surgery

What You Should Consider Before Gastric-Bypass Surgery

Youre seriously overweight and youve tried every diet imaginable. Weight Watchers and Curves didnt prove to be any more successful than dieting. So now youre considering Gastric-Bypass surgery but you have questions. Is Gastric-Bypass right for me? What issues should I consider before Gastric-Bypass surgery? What are the possible complications to Gastric-Bypass surgery? What lifestyle changes will I have to make after Gastric-Bypass surgery? Answering these questions and making an informed decision is vital to anyone considering this type of major surgery.

Is Gastric-Bypass Surgery Right for Me

Gastric-Bypass surgery has many advantages and disadvantages to consider. If you are seriously overweight you probably have other medical conditions which are related to you weight. Co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol counts will often improve after Gastric-Bypass surgery. On the other hand, you will have to quit habits such as smoking cigarettes or drinking carbonated beverages because your new stomach will not be able to handle nicotine or carbonation. Remember, you will be limited in what you eat and how much you eat.

What Issues Should I Consider Before Gastric-Bypass Surgery

If youve decided that Gastric-Bypass is right for you, the first decision to make is what type of Gastric-Bypass you should have. The two most popular methods of Gastric-Bypass are the Lap Band and Roux-en-Y. Both procedures cause weight loss but use different methods cause the weight loss. During Lap Band surgery a band is placed on your stomach cutting off a large porting of your stomach from receiving food. You can still eat many types of food, but your stomach feels full quicker. Weight loss with the Lap Band method is slower and more gradual than with the Roux-en-Y surgery. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery is basically a reconstruction of your digestive tract. During Roux-en-Y surgery they actually separate and close off a large portion of your stomach. Next they attach the smaller portion of your stomach to your lower intestines totally bypassing your large intestines. This causes less nutrition to be absorbed by your body and you lose weight. Weight comes off quicke r with Roux-en-Y surgery and more people maintain their weight loss after the Roux-en-Y procedure.

After you decide what type of Bariatric surgery to have, the next step is to decide which doctor will do the surgery. There are many surgeons that specialize in Bariatric surgery. Many of these surgeons also have Gastric Bypass support groups. You can attend these support groups and ask as many questions about Gastric Bypass surgery as you like. Members of these support groups will be able to give answers regarding, pre-surgery requirements, insurance issues, complications they have experienced, and any other concerns you may have about the surgery. Also, many of these surgeons and support groups have websites with a lot of information about dietary products and testimonials of patients that have had successful results using Gastric Bypass surgery.

Insurance is a major issue with Bariatric surgery. Make sure that you get prior approval from your insurance company. Many insurance companies require that you meet certain criteria, such as a minimum Body Mass Index, have co-morbidities, or have a psychological evaluation prior to approving the surgery. Some Insurance companies do not cover Gastric-Bypass surgery at all.

Also, be sure youre mentally prepared for Bariatric surgery. Can you accept and follow the restrictions that come with Gastric-Bypass surgery. As Ive mentioned before cigarettes and carbonated beverages are not allowed and other foods such as high sugar content foods will be for the most part eliminated from your diet.

What are the Possible Complications to Gastric-Bypass Surgery

There are possible complications with any surgery and Bariatric surgery is no exception. The possible complications include infections, leakage from the stomach, and intestinal disorders. However, there are some common complications which many Gastric-Bypass patients suffer. First, Gastric-Bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones. Many surgeons will remove the Gallbladder during surgery to avoid this complication completely. The most common complication experienced by most Bariatric patients is dumping Syndrome. Dumping is when food moves too quickly through the intestinal tract and causes nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Dumping is caused most of time by foods with a high concentration of sugars such as alcohol and chocolate

. What lifestyle changes will I have to make after Gastric-Bypass surgery?

The lifestyle changes caused by Bariatric surgery can affect relationships, work, and many daily activities. Many people find that as they lose weight their social contacts change. They become healthier and more active. Many husbands and wives feel left behind or uncomfortable with your new friends. You will need to drink plenty of fluids so a water bottle or protein drink will always be with you. At work, several times a day, small snacks will be required to maintain your calorie count and nutrition requirements. Consider what activities you will have to give up, such as social drinking or going out to restaurants.


As you can see, there are many pros and cons to Bariatric surgery. Consider them all. Discuss them with your physician. Ask your family members and friends how they feel about the surgery. Remember, this is a decision that will live with you for the rest of your life.

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