Gastric Bypass

Obese? Weight Loss Surgery Can Help

Bariatric Gastric BypassIs gastric bypass procedure right for me? The question is do you get winded just walking up a flight of stairs or find it difficult to keep up your energetic children? Do you shop for clothes in the big & tall or plus size departments? Is it hard for you to imagine a time when you were skinny or at your ideal weight? Perhaps, it’s time to learn more.

There is no denying obesity in the United States is a serious problem. In fact, one-third of the United States is considered obese according to the CDC.

We are not talking just a few extra pounds either. Most people can afford to lose a little bit of weight. We are talking severely overweight. Being obese is not a cosmetic issue. It has far-ranging adverse effects on your physical and emotional health and can negatively impact the quality of your life.

If you find yourself at the point where you are miserable carrying around all that extra weight, and you are ready to make a real change, gastric bypass surgery might be for you.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery? gastric bypass diagram

Gastric bypass surgery, also known as RNY gastric bypass or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a permanent and effective bariatric surgery to help obese men and women lose weight and keep it off.

The procedure works by making your stomach smaller and bypassing part of your small intestine. After the surgery, you will get full faster. And you will need to learn how to eat smaller portions of the right types of food to ensure your body gets the proper nutrients.

Gastric bypass is a two-part laparoscopic surgery.

The first part involves making your stomach pouch smaller to limit the amount of food you can intake at one time. The second part involves the bypass.

The result leads to weight loss

Am I a Good Candidate for Gastric Bypass?

Just because you are obese doesn’t necessarily mean you are a good candidate for gastric bypass. Most surgeons require you meet certain criteria before they consider surgery.
You are a good candidate if:

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Risks

There are risks associated with any surgery. However, in most cases the risk of being obese outweigh the risks of bariatric surgery. Be sure to consider all of the risks before surgery.

Your surgeon will help you understand the risks and possible complications associated with this type of surgery. Some risks include infection of the incision site, internal leaking from the stomach to the abdominal cavity or where the intestine is connected, ulcers, nutritional deficiencies, bowel obstructions, excessive bleeding, lung or breathing problems or death (rare).

Gastric Bypass Cost

Some insurance companies will help cover the costs of this type of procedure especially if you have other weight-related health problems.

Your insurance company may require a letter of necessity / medical requisite before they will cover Bariatric surgery costs and/or documentation of previous weight-loss efforts.

Some insurance companies will cover surgery-related expenses but you will likely pay out-of-pocket for post-operative expenses.

Gastric Bypass surgery can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $35,000 depending on your location and surgeon. Complications can increase the price.

Recovery Time

Recovery time varies from person-to-person but most people can resume normal activities without excessive pain within 3 to 5 weeks, sometimes less, just depending on how well you follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions.

Anesthesia

You will be “put under” or given general anesthesia before in preparation for this procedure.

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