Gastric Bypass Surgery Facts

By: teahupoo
For obese patients the benefits of a gastric bypass are amazing. Some of these benefits include; weight loss and in some cases elimination of diabetes, back pains and other ailments. In most cases a patient will only experience minor problems such as nausea, vomiting, constipation and other gastric disorders. It is always important to discuss the side effects with your physician. You should be informed and educated on the more serious risks of gastric bypass.

Obese patients are very complicated to operate on, even more so than normal weighted patients. Complications may arise at any time for any reason so a patient should be aware of this. In some cases a patient may suffer leakage from the operation site and or inflamed intestines. The operation also depends largely upon the experience of the surgeon and how well he or she knows the procedure. It is always a good idea to check out the surgeon before any operation.

Patients may also suffer from anemia, osteoporosis, or metabolic bone disease. Obese patients may suffer from blood clots after the procedure, which can put them at a higher risk for heart attack and or stroke. There is a two percent chance that a patient will die during the operation. To prevent any chances of death a patient should discuss all medical problems with the doctor performing their operation. A doctor can then effectively discuss the plan of action and decide if the procedure is right for them.

Being educated on the three types of gastric bypass is never a bad thing especially because every patient varies and may need a different procedure.

The first procedure is "Roux En Y", where the surgeon staples across the top of the stomach creating a small stomach pouch this is connected to the small intestine there for limiting the amount of food eaten and the calories absorbed.

The second procedure is the Laparoscopic procedure in which small incisions are made in the abdomen so the doctor can see the insides of the patient thus for making his operation area easy to see. The doctor puts the small fiber optic scope inside the abdomen wall, the scope has a tiny camera at the very end of it making it easy to see into the inside of the operation area. The doctor then makes a small pouch from the stomach.

The third and last procedure is using a small silicone band to make a small pouch using the upper stomach, which then helps to reduce the appetite without disturbing the normal digestive process.

A patient can benefit from the gastric by pass but only if they are properly prepared for the procedure and only if they listen to the doctor's advice and directions for after operation care.

As always a patient must know the risks associated with the gastric bypass.
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