Complications of Gastric Bypass - Understand the Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
The most common type of gastric bypass surgery is the Roux-en-Y procedure (RNY).
The surgeon closes off the main part of the stomach with a row of staples, leaving a much smaller pouch stomach at the top. Next, the surgical team make a route out of the pouch with part of the small intestine. After surgery, food bypasses not only your previous large stomach but also a length of intestine. This means that your body can't absorb nearly as many calories as before. The exact size of your new stomach is worked out to make sure that you'll be able to eat the right amount of food to maintain a lower, healthier body weight.
After the operation, eating too much sugary food will make you feel unwell because it triggers your body into producing too much insulin. This helps to deter you from slipping back into unhealthy eating habits. Following a healthy eating plan and exercising are essential to help you get the most benefit from weight loss surgery.
According to the British Obesity Surgery Patients Association, most patients can shed between 66% to 75% of their extra weight over the two years after surgery. This is a better result than you could expect with a gastric lap band procedure, but you're only likely to be recommended for gastric bypass surgery if you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 50.
Gastric bypass has become more common than ever before with hundreds of procedures being performed every day worldwide. It's a safe operation, given the many medical advances, technology and the ability to perform laparascopic gastric bypass or mini gastric bypass, but even so, as with all surgery, there is some risk involved.
Complications of Gastric Bypass Surgery
The risks of weight loss surgery only affect a small percentage of patients who undergo bariatric surgery, and depend on several factors, such as the quality of the patient's health going into the surgery, the competency of the medical staff, etc. What are the most common complications?
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