Gastric Bypass FAQs
What is gastric bypass surgery?
Gastric bypass is a form of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery). It reduces the stomach size of an obese patient with bands or staples, creating a surgical interference; this helps to reduce the amount of caloric intake, and it alters the process of digestion.
Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?
Ideal gastric bypass candidates are overweight at least 80 (women) to 100 (men) pounds overweight, have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or above, have already attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise, are between the ages of 18 and 62 years old, understanding of the potential risks, psychologically suited, and able to actively take part in the many aspects of the post-operative, follow-up program for life. Consult a qualified bariatric surgeon regarding additional candidacy guidelines.
What is the difference between overweight and obese?
An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight, while an adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is typically considered obese.
What are the benefits of weight loss surgery?
The gastric bypass procedure can provide long-term, consistent weight loss for a patient if he/she accompanies it with ongoing behavioral changes. While it aids in weight loss and lowers a person's risk of medical problems associated with obesity, the success of the surgery depends on the commitment of the individual.
How much does gastric bypass cost?
The cost of gastric bypass surgery ranges between $20,000 and $25,000, depending on the technique used for the procedure. Full gastric bypass surgery can be as high as $35,000. Contact your insurance provider to learn if this procedure qualifies for coverage under your policy.
What are the side effects and risks of gastric bypass surgery?
The common side effects include body aches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, feeling cold, dry skin, hair thinning and hair loss, mood changes, and the "dumping syndrome" (a shock-like state that triggers a number of side effects when easily absorbed food particles rapidly dump into the digestive system). The risks associated with gastric bypass surgery are high, wound infections, gallstones, internal leaks in the stomach and intestines, ulcers, pulmonary problems, and blood clots in the legs are all complications that may result.
How will gastric bypass affect my eating habits?
Because your stomach will be much smaller after the surgery, you will feel full faster; this will reduce the amount of food intake. There are various guidelines in transitioning into healthy eating, dietary habits, and reduced portions.
What are the routine tests before surgery?
It is important that all patients receive accurate assessments of their health conditions. Just some of the tests your surgeon will require before undergoing gastric bypass surgery include a: complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, glucose tolerance test, chest X-ray, electrocardiogram, abdominal and gallbladder ultrasound, and a psychiatric evaluation.
Will I gain weight back after my gastric bypass procedure?
People who regain weight after surgery are those who consumed too many high-calorie foods and beverages, were not exercising enough, and "grazed" (an eating-all-day-long pattern) instead of eating three meals a day and planned healthy snacks. Typically, within the first two years following surgery, you can expect to lose 50 to 60 percent of your excess weight if you follow the recommended dietary and exercise guidelines. By following strict rules regarding eating and fitness, you should be able to keep the weight off long-term.
What type of pain is involved with weight loss surgery?
After gastric bypass surgery, patients can expect swelling and soreness. You will receive prescription medications to control any discomfort as needed.