What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass is a surgery that helps you lose weight by altering the way your stomach and the small intestine handles the intake of food. Your stomach is made smaller and you become fuller after consuming less. This procedure is performed to ensure maximum weight loss.
There are two steps during the surgery. During the first part of the process, the surgeon staples the stomach to divide it into two regions. The upper section becomes the pouch and this is where the food is stored when you eat. You could refer to this “pouch” as the new stomach.
The second step is called the bypass and in this stage, the surgeon joins part of your small intestine to an incision in the new stomach. The food you eat will now automatically travel to the new stomach which has been made smaller in the first procedure.
The surgery is performed laparoscopically (through small incisions of 1.5 -2cm in length) making use of a camera. The laparoscope is known to be the least painful way of carrying out a gastric bypass. Consult your surgeon to help decide on the procedure that suits you.
Should I do it?
If you are overweight and would like to consider gastric bypass surgery, consult your doctor or specialist to ensure you are ready for this procedure. Your doctor will look at the several factors of your medical condition to decide if you are suitable for gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery can vastly improve your quality of life.