Gastric Bypass Surgery FAQ’s – Answers To Your Frequently Asked Questions
Gastric bypass surgery is a highly effective surgical procedure that helps bariatric patients lose weight. Through a re-routing of the digestive tract, the stomach is made smaller and the absorption of calories is diminished. Therefore, certain bariatric patients can experience great success in their weight loss efforts with this procedure. In this article, we will answer your frequently asked questions to clarify exactly what you can expect from gastric bypass surgery.
What is a Gastric Bypass?
In gastric bypass surgery, the passage of food is rerouted through the system. Essentially, the food is made to pass from the esophagus into the small intestine directly, bypassing the stomach. This significantly reduces the ability to overeat, since the normal storage space for food is greatly reduced.
What Happens During Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The digestive system is essentially one long tube, known as the alimentary canal. Normally, food passes from the mouth to the esophagus, to the stomach, into the small intestine. The small intestine is the main site where nutrients are absorbed from food.
— The original stomach is split into a very small pouch at the end of the esophagus that will collect the food, and a much larger pouch that represents the remainder of the stomach. The small pouch will be surgically connected to the small intestine, eliminating most of the storage space of the stomach.
— The remaining large pouch is now disconnected from the digestive system. To ensure proper digestion, it will be surgically connected to the small intestine to allow for the passage of digestive enzymes from the stomach to the food. The surgeon will connect the two stomach pouches to the small intestine further along the tube so that the length of the small intestine is reduced, thereby reducing the opportunity for the body to absorb nutrients.
— Gastric bypass surgery can be done as an open surgery, which means opening the abdomen to expose the organs underneath or it can be done laparoscopically, which means inserting thin tubes through small incisions in the abdomen and working underneath the skin. At Alo Bariatrics, Dr. Lopez performs the surgery laparoscopically to help with a speedy recovery.
How long is the recovery for Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The body will take time to recover from surgery and adapt to the changes made. Because gastric bypass results in a drastic change in the body’s digestive system, the procedure provides what is known as a “window of opportunity”.
The window of opportunity lasts about 12 to 14 months and represents a time when the procedure has the maximum chance of working. The stomach pouch is still quite small and inelastic, and malabsorption in the small intestine is at a maximum. Even with relatively small behavioral changes, weight loss is likely to occur.
However, in time, the digestive system will adapt. The stomach will eventually become more elastic and will stretch in response to overeating, and the small intestine will adapt to ingest more nutrients over time. Therefore, if behavioral changes are not made, weight loss results made in the early postoperative months will not last long term.
Behavioral changes must include drastic changes to the way you eat, including the amount and types of foods you ingest. It is important to follow your surgical team’s diet guidelines to ensure you stay safe and healthy.
Learn More About Gastric Bypass Surgery
The team at ALO Bariatrics are experts at helping bariatric patients lose weight with surgical interventions. They are happy to answer any additional questions you have and discuss your eligibility for gastric bypass surgery.
ALO Bariatrics is a leading bariatric surgery practice in Mexico offering weight loss surgery. We have multiple facilities located in Tijuana, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta.
Contact us for more information:
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