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Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for Me?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

What One Should Know about Gastric Bypass Procedures


     Gastric Bypass Surgery may be right for you if you are a hundred or more pounds overweight and can't quite seem to be able to take it off.
However having a gastric bypass done is not without its dangers as in the past their have been some fatalities. Every surgery, no matter the type always has some risk attached. One may wish to consult with a physician before making any decisions regarding a gastric bypass procedure.

What is a Gastric Bypass?


     A Gastric Bypass is a procedure. There are a few different, but very similar operations. These operations begin with first dividing the stomach two different sections. These two different sections are referred to as the 'upper pouch' and the 'lower remnant pouch'. The 'upper pouch' is much smaller than the 'lower remnant pouch'. After the division of the stomach into these two sections, next is the re-arrangement of the small intestines to connect both the 'upper pouch' and 'lower remnant pouch'.

    It is a surgical procedure, which various surgeons have developed a number of different ways to reconnect the intestines to the stomach. Thus leading to a number of different gastric bypass procedure names.

   Having a gastric bypass done, when successful, will lead to a large reduction in the functional volume of the stomach. With this there will be an altered physiological and physical response to food. The stomach will no longer be able to hold as much as it once was able.

After the surgery, the patient's intestines will not absorb as much nutrients as before and as a result will rapidly lose weight. However not all of the weight lost will be from fat, but also from muscle. It's not just fats and carbohydrates which wont be absorbed as much, but neither will proteins that the muscles need.

   As a result of the rapid weight loss resulting from the surgery, the skin will have lost some of its elasticity. Losing weight over a long period of time would not result in quite so much loose skin as would rapid weight loss.

Who needs Gastric Bypass Surgery?


     Not everyone needs gastric bypass surgery, but for some people it may be the only hope of survival. While the rapid weight loss which accompanies the surgery may be seen by some as unhealthy, it also has health benefits. Benefits for those who find themselves so overweight that they might die of cardiac arrest without it.

    Take for example a man of 6'5" who weights four-hundred fifty pounds. His heart is constantly being strained, because of all the extra weight and all the extra work it has to do. It's also much more difficult to give surgery to someone so overweight that they're classified as morbidly obese. Over time the stomach expands as it stretches and can hold more food. Thus making him feel hungrier than he would have had overfeeding not caused his stomach to stretch.

    A stomach however can also be reduced overtime back to its original state, but gastric bypass takes less time and some people might not have enough time or the will power to eat a little less each day. A person who is hungry is going to want to eat. Some people eat too much, because of emotion. Sometimes its not even eating too much, but getting all the calories from beverages particularly, soda pop and other sugary drinks. Or rather drinks with a high corn fructose syrup ratio. In that case, some people might need to just give up everything but water and the bit of milk they use in cereals.

Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Safe?


    Gastric Bypass Surgery is safe, at least safer than it was in the beginning. The lapband seems to have a higher success rate than the stapling of the stomach.

   Like with any surgery, their have been fatalities. During the surgery the patient could go into cardiac shock or something else could go wrong. Surgery is made difficult by the weight of the individual and how operable they are. Doctors and surgeons do all they can to determine whether or not someone is ready for surgery and if its even viable.

   Other fatalities come after the surgery. A surgery could be a success, but with stomach stapling in particular, infections could result from the staples. Or the staples might cause internal bleeding if something goes wrong.

    One may want to weigh the pros and cons of a gastric bypass procedure. It should however only be a last resort. There are other ways to lose weight in a healthier manner and keep it off. However, for those who can barely even walk, because of their weight or other problems, gastric bypass may be the only solution to possibly living a longer life.

    Due to the rearrangement of the intestines one may have a deficieny in iron, magensium, calcium or vitamins, which can lead to a long-term problem like osteoporosis. This is because that part of the intestine which was rearranged was the part where many minerals and vitamins were most easily absorbed. This can be avoided and not turn into other lifethreatening problems worse than osteoporosis if one is willing to work with a dietition to plan out daily meals and supplements to help with these probable deficiencies.

Are you still wondering if a Gastric Bypass right for you?


    If you are still wondering whether or not gastric bypass surgery is right for you or not, you might wish to consult with your primary physician. Your primary physician however is only one person with an opinion. It is advised that you get at least one or two other opinions from renowned professionals.

   Surgery of any kind is no laughing matter. Always ask about which procedure is safer and what your percent of how successful the surgery should be and how high your chance of surviving the surgery will be. Never go into anything without the necessary information, because you want the best if you're to have a chance at all of a successful gastric bypass or other surgery.


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