When your weight gains spirals out of control and threatens to endanger your health, the situation calls for drastic measures. While conventional methods might help, some people shed their extra pounds, others need professional help and possibly a medical procedure to help them out. The gastric bypass, also called intestinal bypass, is an invasive surgery that has a goal to help you in your weight loss journey.
The procedure involves dividing your stomach and creating a smaller pouch, which is then directly connected to the small intestine. This allows the food you ingest to effectively bypass a substantial part of your stomach, thus limiting the amount of food you can eat before you feel full. While the surgery might sound a little complicated, it is actually very common and one of the best weight-loss solutions that you should consider once traditional methods like dieting and exercise fail.
Why you should consider doing the stomach bypass procedure
A gastric bypass will help you lose weight, which will directly influence your health and improve the quality of your life. By shredding the extra pounds, you reduce the chance of:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- having a stroke
- having high cholesterol
- being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
- other potentially life-threatening medical conditions
Who is this procedure for
If you are looking to lose a few pounds or get rid of a small amount of belly fat, consider adjusting your diet or having a small-volume fat removal procedure like a mini liposuction or a non-invasive procedure like lipolaser. On the other hand, if you are having serious issues with losing weight and you suffer from obesity, a stomach bypass might just be the solution to your problems.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before undergoing this procedure, we will schedule an appointment with you in order to perform an extensive health screening. This information combined with information about your eating habits, smoking habits, and general lifestyle will help us in successfully preparing you for the main procedure. If you have any kind of medical condition like diabetes, it is very important that you let us know upfront. Furthermore, patients who are avid smokers will have to quit their tobacco habit and start doing more physical activities.
The results and the recovery period
After the surgery is done, it is important that you limit your food intake and adjust your diet to only contain juicy-type drinks and water. Once your intestines have fully healed, you may once again introduce soft foods into your diet. Due to the fact that your stomach is effectively smaller, you might suffer from a lack of vitamins and nutrients, so it is advisable to use additional supplements. In a few weeks your food cravings will start to decrease, and eventually, you will find yourself eating less and less food while remaining full for longer periods of the day.
It is important to note that you might feel nauseous during the adjustment period. This might be followed by the feeling of exhaustion, dry skin, and mood swings. This is perfectly normal and, eventually, your body will stabilize. Once you reach a certain weight, you will start feeling much better and have much more energy.