The Facts About Gastric Bypass
If you have tried everything from medication to lifestyle changes to lose weight, but you have not yet been successful at losing the weight or keeping it off, gastric bypass may be right for you. At the Orlando Center for Metabolic & Obesity Surgery, we specialize in bariatric, or weight loss, procedures to help you lose weight and enhance your quality of life. Keep reading to learn more.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass is a weight loss procedure that changes how your stomach and small intestine process the food you eat. By diverting some of your food from the bottom part of your stomach to your small intestine, your body will not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.
Why is This Procedure Performed?
Gastric bypass is recommended for patients who have been unsuccessful after trying to lose weight through diet and exercise changes. It is generally recommended for patients with a BMI of a certain number or higher. If you have a BMI of at least 35 and suffer from at least one serious obesity-related medical condition, our doctor may recommend gastric bypass for you, even if you do not have a BMI of the set number. Examples of significant weight-related medical conditions include heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, and diabetes.
How Much Weight Can I Expect to Lose?
How much weight you lose after gastric bypass depends a lot on you. For example, if you stick to a strict exercise routine along with your new diet, you will lose more weight than someone who is not physically active after the procedure.
Generally speaking, within the first two years, it is reasonable to expect that you lose at least half of your excess weight. The weight will shed faster if you remain on a diet of liquids and pureed foods only for longer than others who have had the procedure performed. Once you start losing a significant amount of weight, you may find the following medical conditions improved:
- Urinary incontinence
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- High levels of bad cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type II diabetes
How to Prepare Before the Procedure
During your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed list of what to do before and after the procedure.
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