Options For Weight Loss

Gastric Bypass

GASTRIC_BYPASS_1Gastric bypass is a technically more complicated procedure that involves bypassing a portion of the intestine. Consequently it carries with it a higher risk of severe complications and operative mortality, but with a lower incidence of re-operation. Because it does involve a bypass of the intestine it carries the risk of “dumping syndrome” usually brought on by eating concentrated sweets.

The operation is prescribed to treat morbid obesity (defined as a body mass index greater than 40), type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and other comorbid conditions. Bariatric surgery is the term encompassing all of the surgical treatments for morbid obesity, not just gastric bypasses, which make up only one class of such operations. The resulting weight loss, typically dramatic, markedly reduces comorbidities. The long-term mortality rate of gastric bypass patients has been shown to be reduced by up to 40%. As with all surgery, complications occur. A study from 2005–2006 revealed that 15% of patients experience complications as a result of gastric bypass, and 0.5% of patients died within six months of surgery due to complications.

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