Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Synonyms: Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y, Laparoscopic Weight Loss Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
What is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is performed to create a small pouch from a portion of stomach using a Laparoscope. Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery helps you to fight the problem of obesity for life. You can lose about 75% of your excess weight and maintain the weight loss for lifetime after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.
Where can I get Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?
Cost of procedure performed in the US: $25,000.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
How does Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass work?
The smaller stomach pouch is created from Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery. This small pouch can now hold a very small amount of food and a feeling of fullness is attained very quickly, even after eating less than one ounce, thus restricting your food intake considerably. As a result, the body burns stored fat for everyday energy. Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass also changes the way your food is absorbed.
Who is an ideal candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 50 or if you are under 18 yrs of age and are 75 pounds or more overweight, or have diabetes or hypertension, if your BMI is 40 or above, then you are an ideal candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass once all other treatments for weight loss have been tried and failed.
Who is not an ideal candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?
If you are over 60 years of age, if you have already had a surgical procedure for weight loss, if you smoke or use nicotine in any form, then you are not an ideal candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery. A thorough pre-operative evaluation is done before the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass to protect your health and safety.
What does the procedure of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery involve?
The procedure for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery consists of making 5 - 6 small incisions (1/4 to ½ inch) in your abdomen; carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdominal cavity so that your surgeon can visualize the contents of the abdominal cavity. A small telescope like instrument called the Laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal cavity through one of these incisions. A small pouch that is approximately 6 cm X 2 cm and can hold about 40 cc is created using a special instrument that cuts and staples the stomach tissue. The smaller pouch of the stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. The actual operating time for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is approximately 2 hours. Most probably you will be able to leave the hospital on second post operative day following the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery. You can return to your normal activities in 3 – 5 weeks. However, this can vary under special circumstances.
What to expect during the recovery period following Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery?
You will be encouraged to walk a few steps the same day of undergoing Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery. You will be consuming high protein food supplements for the first 2 weeks following Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. During the third week, you will be gradually weaned to eat soft foods like mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cottage cheese. During the fourth week, you will be allowed to take moderate amounts of soft regular food. At that time you might feel strong enough to resume your daily activities like walking, going to work or even driving. A rule of thumb is to avoid excessive tiredness or exertion during the recovery period following Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery.
What is the outcome of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery?
The rate of weight loss following Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is quite substantial in the first 12 months. After a few months, the pouch will continue to expand until it can hold what is necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
B . R . A . N . D . of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Like any other surgical procedure, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery has it’s risks which include:
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Keywords: Weight Management, Obesity, Body Mass Index, Restrictive Gastric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscope, Malabsorptive Gastric Surgery, Restrictive / Malabsorptive Surgery, Abdominal Hernias, Gallstones, Dumping Syndrome, Stomach Ulcers, Nutritional Deficiencies, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Hyperventilation, Sleep Apnea, Physical Activity and Fitness