Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric By-Pass (R-YGB) surgery is one of the effective weight loss surgical procedures performed laparoscopically. It involves reducing the stomach volume, which causes a subsequent reduction in the absorption of nutrients since the pathway in the small intestine becomes shorter.

During the surgery, the part at the beginning of the stomach is separated from the rest, leaving about 30-50 cc. Some of the small intestines are also bypassed and connected to the newly formed small stomach. Hence, in this way, the patient feels full on less food. At the same time, the absorption of a significant part of the high-calorie foods taken is prevented. Interestingly, Gastric bypass surgery can be reversible if needed.

Gastric By-Pass is highly recommended and could be best suitable for patients with a body mass index of 40 and above or patients with a body mass index of 35-40 with medical problems associated with obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, are suitable for this surgery.

What are the risks involved with Gastric By-Pass Surgery?

  • General anaesthesia side effects/complications
  • Bleeding, infection, postoperative ileus (intestinal obstruction), hernia (hernia) 
  • Leakage that may occur in the connection of the stomach and small intestine
  • Risk of blood clot formation(embolism) 

 How long will I need to stay in the hospital after Gastric By-Pass Surgery?

 You will need to have 3-4 days of stay in the hospital. Your hospital stay may be extended if you are required to be under observation in the event of any post-surgical complication.

 When does weight loss start after Gastric By-Pass Surgery?

 Weight loss occurs gradually being fastest in the first months. 1.5-2 years may be required for maximum weight loss. 70-80% of the excess weight is lost within this period.