Gastric Bypass Arkansas
Gastric bypass is the most commonly performed procedure in United States with estimates showing that over 200,000 people underwent the surgery in 2008. Gastric bypass is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery as a result of exceptional outcomes both in terms of disease resolution and weight loss. Ever-improving surgical techniques and medical devices have significantly reduced the risk of surgery over the past several decades. Gastric bypass was first performed in the 1960s and has been refined to the procedure that it is today. It works through a combination of restriction and malabsorption and offers the greatest weight loss potential of any bariatric procedure we perform.
How the Gastric Bypass Works:
First, five small ½ to 1 inch incisions are made in the abdomen through which a small camera and medical devices are passed. The surgeon will then cut away approximately 85% of the existing stomach pouch. What’s left is roughly the size of a golf ball and holds very little food. The restriction this causes means that patients will not be able to eat as much as they once did and consequently will lose weight. The portion of the stomach that is cut away remains in the abdomen and remains connected to the small intestine, but no longer accepts food.
The second part of the procedure bypasses a portion of the small intestine, and in doing so, allows fewer calories to be absorbed through the intestinal wall, further contributing to weight loss.
The entire procedure takes about one and half hours and requires an overnight stay in the hospital or medical facility.
Advantages of the Gastric Bypass Include:
- The greatest weight loss potential of any procedure we offer.
- Excellent disease resolution outcomes, including the improvement or resolution of type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
- Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) techniques mean a shorter hospital stay and recovery time, as well as less pain and blood loss.
- No medical device is implanted in the abdomen.
Risks and Consideration of the Gastric Bypass Include:
- Because of the malabsorptive portion of the procedure, gastric bypass patients tend to have significant food restrictions and will need to take vitamin and mineral supplements indefinitely.
- The staple line may leak, causing the need for emergency intervention.
- The stomach pouch can stretch over time, especially if the patient does not follow their diet.
- The procedure is not reversible or adjustable.
Despite incredible advances over the past years, gastric bypass is still major surgery that comes with inherent risk. It is also a life-saving procedure that can change a patient’s life forever. Knowing all you can about the procedure is important, so we ask that you attend a free weight loss surgery seminar.