What is Gastric Bypass?

Gastric Bypass

Procedure Details

Total Stay Duration
10 Days
Hospital Stay
5 Nights
Procedure Duration
2-3 Hours
Anesthesia Type
General Anesthesia
Recovery Period
1-2 Weeks

Your healthcare physician may prescribe weight reduction surgery if you are significantly obese and have had difficulty shedding weight. Bariatric surgery is another name for weight reduction surgery.

It’s a good strategy to lose weight and lower your chance of developing weight-related issues. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, and arthritis are among them.

Gastric bypass is one form of weight reduction surgery. Like any other operation, includes inherent hazards. Infection, blood clots, and internal bleeding are all possible complications of surgery.

An anastomosis is another danger. This is a new link made between your intestines and stomach after bypass surgery that will not heal properly and leak.

One of the most dangerous consequences of bypass surgery is the leakage of digestive fluids and partially digested food via an anastomosis.

Gastric bypass, commonly known as Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) is a weight-loss procedure that involves constructing a tiny pouch from the stomach and connecting it to the small intestine directly.

Swallowed food will travel via this little pouch in the stomach and then into the small intestine, skipping the majority of your stomach and the first portion of your small intestine.

Bypass surgery alters the way your stomach and small intestine process food, allowing you to lose weight.Your stomach will be smaller after the procedure. With less food, you will feel satisfied.

Some portions of your stomach and small intestine that absorb food will no longer be able to absorb the food you eat. As a result, your body will not acquire all of the calories it needs from the food you consume.

How Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Carried Out?

One of the most prevalent types of weight-loss surgery is gastric. The top of the stomach is converted into a tiny gastric pouch during bypass surgery.

One end of your small intestine is pulled up and attached to the gastric pouch, while the other end is severed. This is a one-way anastomosis. The small intestine loop’s opposite end is linked to the small intestine farther down.

This is a different type of anastomosis. Food is subsequently sent to a section of your digestive system that is farther down.

It goes around the tummy. Because food no longer passes through your stomach, your body absorbs fewer calories. After you eat, you will feel full considerably faster.

If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher combined with major weight-related health concerns, your healthcare professional may recommend this operation. If your BMI is greater than 40, you are likely to be at least 100 pounds overweight.

Bypass surgery can also be carried out via a method called laparoscopy. The laparoscopy method requires a small camera to be inserted into your stomach to provide the operator with inside vision. In this operation:

♦ In your abdomen, the surgeon makes 4 to 6 tiny incisions.

♦ These incisions are used to introduce the scope and tools needed to execute the surgery.

♦ In the operating room, the camera is attached to a video display. This permits the surgeon to see into your stomach while doing the procedure.

Laparoscopy brings along a few additional advantages, such as:

  • Shorter stay at the hospital and faster recovery
  • Reduced pain
  • Smaller scars
  • Lower risk of getting infection or hernia

Why Is Gastric Bypass Done?

Gastric bypass can be carried out to serve various purposes or reduce the risk of a number of complications and illnesses. Gastric reduces the risk of the patient’s potentially life-threatening obese-related health problems. Some of these are:

♦ Cancer

♦ Stroke

♦ Type 2 Diabetes

♦ Infertility

♦ High Blood Pressure

♦ High Cholesterol

♦ Heart Diseases

♦ Obstructive Sleep Apnea

♦ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastric bypass is a solution mainly for those who have tried losing weight by diet and exercise but couldn’t have done so. Gastric bypass is not only an ‘’operating room procedure’’ and it requires adopting a healthier and more active lifestyle to be successful. The results can only be improved by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet.

Who Gastric Bypass Is For?

Generally, there are two probabilities for being an ideal candidate for gastric bypass surgery, these two probabilities are:

♦ Having a 40 or higher BMI.

♦ Having a +35 BMI and a serious weight-related life-threatening problem, such as;

♦ Type 2 Diabetes

♦ High Blood Pressure

♦ Severe Apnea

In some rare cases, gastric bypass surgery can be done on patients with 30-35 BMI and a life-threatening weight-related problem. However, this is very rare and usually requires a second opinion.

However, gastric bypass is not appropriate for everyone who is excessively obese. To be eligible for weight-loss surgery, you may need to fulfil certain medical requirements. To check if you qualify, you’ll probably have to go through a lengthy screening procedure.

To live a healthier lifestyle, you must also be ready to make long-term adjustments. Long-term follow-up plans, which may involve monitoring your diet, lifestyle and behaviour, and medical issues, may be needed for you.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

All major surgical procedures pose a number of common or uncommon risks and possibilities of complications. As in any other major surgery, gastric bypass also has some risks, both common and uncommon. Below, we will be informing you about these risks and further.

Gastric bypass surgery has almost the same risks as any other bariatric or abdominal surgical procedure, these are:

♦ Excessive Bleeding

♦ Leaks In Your Gastrointestinal System

♦ Infections

♦ Adverse Reactions To Anesthesia

♦ Blood Clots

♦ Lung Or Breathing Problems

Also, gastric bypass has some long-term risks, related to various factors. These are:

♦ Hernias

♦ Gallstones

♦ Malnutrition

♦ Ulcers

♦ Vomiting

♦ Stomach Perforation

♦ Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Pressure)

♦ Dumping Syndrome

♦ Diarrhea

♦ Nausea

♦ Bowel Obstruction

Some of these complications are severe and can be fatal, however, the possibility of facing such a problem is very low when everything is done and monitored by professionals.

How To Prepare For Gastric Bypass?

You may be asked to begin a physical exercise program and stop smoking in the weeks leading up to your operation. You may be restricted in what you may eat and drink before your surgery, as well as which drugs you can take.

It’s a good idea to start thinking about your post-surgery recuperation now. If you anticipate you’ll need assistance at home, for example, make arrangements for it.

Gastric bypass requires running some tests in some cases. Also, the surgeon might need to carry out multiple examinations before the surgery to make sure everything is in order.

You should also prepare yourself for the recovery process physically and psychologically. The surgical scars will restrict your movement and you will not be able to do daily tasks for a while. You should prepare yourself for such problems and make sure that you are mentally ready for the scars and recovery process.

What To Expect From Gastric Bypass?

You may have liquids but no solid meals for the first several days following gastric bypass surgery as your stomach and intestines recover. After that, you’ll follow a customized diet plan that gradually transitions you from liquids to pureed meals.

After that, you can consume soft meals before progressing to harder items as your body allows. Many restrictions or limitations may apply to how much and what you can eat and drink. After surgery, your doctor may advise you to take vitamin and mineral supplements, such as a multivitamin containing iron, calcium, and vitamin B-12.

During the first few months following weight-loss surgery, you’ll also have regular medical exams to monitor your health. Laboratory tests, bloodwork, and different examinations may be required.

In the first three to six months following gastric bypass, you may notice a variety of changes as your body adjusts to the rapid weight reduction, including:

♦ Aches in different parts of your body

♦ Feeling of tiredness

♦ Mood changes and mild mental instability

♦ Hair thinning

♦ Hair loss

♦ Dry skin

♦ Feeling cold

Results Of Gastric Bypass

Long-term weight reduction is possible with gastric bypass surgery. The amount of weight you lose is determined by the type of surgery you have and the changes you make in your lifestyle.

Within two years, you may be able to shed up to 70% of your excess weight, if not more. In addition to weight reduction, gastric bypass surgery may help to alleviate or treat a number of problems that are commonly associated with obesity, such as:

♦ Infertility

♦ Type 2 Diabetes

♦ Stroke

♦ Heart Diseases

♦ High Blood Pressure

♦ High Cholesterol

♦ Obstructive Sleep Apnea

♦ Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastric bypass can also improve your daily life and performance in simple activities such as walking or cycling. It can be said that gastric bypass is very efficient in improving your overall life quality.

What Happens If Gastric Bypass Doesn’t Work?

It’s possible to gain weight following weight-loss surgery if you don’t drop enough weight. If you don’t make the advised lifestyle modifications, you may gain weight. If you often nibble on high-calorie items, for example, your weight reduction may be insufficient.

You must make lasting healthy dietary modifications and engage in regular physical activity and exercise to avoid regaining weight.

Following weight-loss surgery, it’s critical to maintain all of your planned follow-up appointments so that your doctor can track your progress. If you don’t lose weight or experience difficulties following your operation, contact your doctor right once.

Is It Possible To Regain Weight After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

There is evidence that weight gain after a gastric bypass might occur, mainly as a result of patients returning to their prior eating habits. It’s crucial to note that the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGBP) is not a “solution” for your weight problems, but rather a strong tool that can help you better control your weight. However, if you eat unhealthy food and do not exercise, you will almost likely gain weight after the bypass.

How Much Weight Loss To Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

On average, we expect gastric bypass patients to lose around 70% of their extra weight. Obviously, some people will perform better than this, while others will not.

This means if you have 100 pounds overweight, you will be able to lose approximately 70 pounds. The remaining 30 pounds can also be much easier to lose compared to pre-surgery.

Most patients are able to reach their goal weight and achieve a fit body with gastric bypass surgery, with enough effort, diet, and exercise of course.

How Much Does Gastric Bypass Cost?

At Clinic Excellent (In Istanbul, Turkey), gastric bypass surgery usually costs about $4900. The price of the procedure can slightly vary depending on a few factors. You can contact us now and reserve an appointment for your gastric bypass surgery.

Clinic Excellent has highly-experienced top-notch practitioners and surgeons that are the best in their fields. You can have a look at our other articles about different procedures and gain information about similar procedures, such as:

♦  Gastric Sleeve

♦  Gastric Balloon

Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Bypass

♦  Why is Gastric Bypass cheap in Turkey?

Turkey’s reduced gastric bypass surgery costs are mostly attributable to the country’s lower living and labor expenditures when compared to Europe. Turkish clinics can deliver high-quality care at a lesser cost because of this, as well as the country’s large healthcare workforce.

♦ Is Gastric Bypass Reversible?

Yes, gastric bypass surgery can be reversed. However, reversing it would need surgery of equal or higher scale and danger than the original.

♦ What Happens If I Cheat On My Gastric Bypass Liquid Diet?

If you don’t stick to the pre-op diet, your liver won’t shrink enough for surgery to be safe and uncomplicated. If you cheated, your bariatric surgeon would know within minutes. The laparoscopic camera can take up the food you’ve eaten during the operation. It’s possible that the meal is lodged in your stomach or intestines.