What does Gastric Bypass procedure involve?

The Gastric Bypass Procedure is a surgical intervention whereby the size of your stomach is reduced. The stomach is divided into two pouches; a small upper pouch and a much lower remaining pouch. A segment of the small intestine is bypassed making it shorter. It requires two to three hours to perform this surgery under a general anesthesia. It is relinked to the pouch so that food bypasses part of your digestive system and is absorbed less easily by the body. Gastric bypass is surgery that helps you to lose weight. This bypass is performed to change how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat. In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is made smaller, and part of the small intestine is closed off so that food bypasses it.

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After Care Support Package

  • Constant availability of specialist weight-loss professionals and support team that includes dietitians as well as your bariatric surgeon
  • Pre and post operative care
  • Transport to and from the surgical procedure
  • Unlimited access to specialist nurses to help you with recovery
  • Post operative support staff and psychotherapists
  • Dietary guidance post surgery
  • Emergency helpline around the clock
  • Regular weight and health monitoring to ensure your weight loss targets are being comfortably met
  • Two to five years of advice and support for losing weight and keeping off the lost weight
  • Personal trainer program to aide you in achieving and maintaining fitness

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Benefits of Gastric Bypass

Improvements in Obesity Related Issues

Improvements in weight associated issues such as asthma and breathlessness, pains in joints, arthritis and fatigue.

Long Term Weight Loss

Patients can expect to lose 60 to 80 percent of excess weight within the first year to year and a half.

Less Calories Will Be Consumed

Stomach pouch is considerably smaller and facilitates suggestively smaller meals, which translate into less calories consumed. The rerouting of the food stream produces changes in gut hormones that suppress hunger, and reverse one of the primary mechanisms by which obesity instigates type 2 diabetes.

A Healthier Lifestyle

A proper diet plan is followed to keep up with the pace of losing weight. General physical and mental health is improved. Less weight will boost your confidence. As the quality of your life will improve, you will become more active and will become keen on working on achieving other objectives which improve overall health such as exercising. It is great for people who are determined for a permanent lifestyle change.

Eliminate Obstructive Sleep Apnea

(OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow despite an ongoing effort to breathe. People who are overweight are more likely to have extra tissue in the back of their throat, which can fall down over the airway and block the flow of air into the lungs while they sleep. Weight reduction can eliminate OSA.

Long-Term Remission for Type 2 Diabetes

Weight-loss along with regular exercising can improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control (measurement of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar level) and may decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the long term.

Reduced Risk of Heart Issues and Cancer

Weight loss along with exercise reduces your risk of developing high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and other fats, and insulin resistance, as well as metabolic syndrome. This as a result improves your overall cardiovascular health.

Potential Risks and Complications

A new study shows that many people will experience complications after surgery, but researchers say that it’s worth the risk as a last option.

Excessive Bleeding

Internal bleeding or profuse bleeding of the surgical wound and leakage might occur.

Anesthesia Related Risks

The patient might suffer from nausea or vomiting.

Stomach Obstruction

Functional obstruction of the stomach and intestines might occur which prevent normal food digestion. Ulcers might occur in the stomach.

Inability to Eat Certain Food

Proper diet plans are to be followed post-surgery. Some food items might lead to acid reflux or indigestion problems so extra care while choosing the food item is required. Patients might get dumping syndrome which can be avoided by making changes in what you eat. Strict adherence to dietary and vitamin supplementation are required to eradicate long term protein and certain vitamin deficiencies.

Weight Regain

It is possible you might be unsuccessful in losing weight or there are chances that you might even regain weight. Some patients have to have further weight loss surgery.


Pain and swelling around the healing wound. There is a risk of developing gallstones in your gallbladder. Your surgeon may remove your gallbladder during your operation.


The surgery alters the normal stomach anatomy which might result in hernia.

Blood Clots Might Develop in the Leg Veins

It is possible that you may develop a blood clot (DVT) in the veins in the leg. This clot can break off and cause a blockage in the lungs. In most cases this is treatable, but it can be a life-threatening condition.

Abdomen Organs Might Be Damaged

Some of your organs in the abdomen may be damaged. In the first few days after your operation, the point at which the intestine is re-joined could leak. These complications are rare, but it may mean that you will need a further operation.

Long Term Deficiencies

Weight loss surgery can lead to long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies particularly deficits in vitamin B12, iron and calcium.

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