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Overview of Gastric Bypass Surgery:
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Gastric bypass surgery is one of a group of similar surgeries designed to help severely obese people lose weight. In the procedure, the surgeon will first create a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.

"Roux-en-Y" gastric bypass surgery -- where most of the stomach is bypassed and a small stomach pouch is made -- is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery today, accounting for about 80% of all weight loss surgery in the U.S.

Our surgeons are skilled at performing gastric bypass surgery and it is one of the more common procedures that healthcare tourists travel abroad for.
 
Candidates for this procedure:
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You qualify for this procedure if:
You are overweight by 100 pounds or more
You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40 or
You have a BMI of more than 35 with illnesses related to being overweight
You have been overweight for five years or more
You have failed to lose weight or sustain weight loss under supervision
You are willing to comply with the lifestyle and diet changes required after this surgery
 
Symptoms of obesity:
Obesity can cause a number of health problems, many of which can improve or even disappear after gastric bypass surgery. Some common symptoms are heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, respiratory insufficiency, heartburn, and arthritis of weight-bearing joints.
 
The stomach:
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About 'Roux-en-Y' Gastric Bypass surgery
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The three types of weight loss surgery are malabsorptive procedures, which shorten the digestive tract, restrictive procedures that reduce how much the stomach can hold, and combined procedures that perform both bariatric weight loss techniques.

Gastric Bypass
is a combined restrictive and malabsorptive procedure that has been performed worldwide for over 35 years. As performed today, gastric bypass surgery has two parts:
1. Creation of a small stomach pouch
In this part of the surgery, the stomach is divided into a large and small section and the small part of the stomach is sewn or stapled together to form a pouch.  This stomach pouch can hold about a cup of food.
   
2. “Roux-en-Y” creation (bypass)
During this part of the surgery, the new, small stomach pouch is disconnected from the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum) and is reconnected to a portion of the intestine further down (the jejunum). This leads to reduced absorption of calories and nutrients.
 
Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks:
Rapid weight loss can leave excess skin and scarring
Stomach stretches over time, causing some to regain weight after a several years
Portion of digestive track is bypassed, reducing absorption of essential nutrients
Lung Problems: pneumonia, blood clot
Bowel blockage
Leakage of bowel contents into abdomen
Nausea, vomiting, transient/temporary hair loss, food intolerances, loss of muscle mass
Mortality: Approximately 2% of gastric bypass patients die as a result of this surgery
Cutting and stapling of stomach and re-routing of intestines required
Bleeding during surgery could require a blood transfusion
Possible birth defects related to vitamin and mineral deficiencies of mother
 
Gastric Bypass Surgery Benefits:
Typically cures or prevents the following health conditions and diseases.
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Heart disease
Diabetes
Asthma
Respiratory insufficiency (shortness of breath)
Sleep apnea
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, acid reflux, heartburn)
Stress urinary incontinence
Low back pain and degenerative disk disease and degenerative joint disease
 
Gastric Bypass Surgery Recovery Abroad
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Most people typically stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after gastric bypass surgery overseas. Your doctor will approve your discharge once you can move without significant discomfort, no longer require pain medications administered by an injection, and can eat liquid or pureed food without vomiting.

You will remain on a liquid diet for several weeks after surgery. After you are able to eat solid food, you will feel full very quickly because the new stomach pouch initially only holds a tablespoonful of food. The pouch eventually expands, but it will hold no more than about one cup of thoroughly chewed food (a normal stomach can hold up to one quart).

At your follow-up visit, your doctor will determine if you need any nutrient supplements to make up for any nutrients you are not getting from your diet. This lack of nutrients occurs both because you are eating less and because the food moves through your digestive system more quickly.

You will be instructed to eat small meals frequently throughout the day, rather than large meals that your stomach cannot accommodate. You will need to chew each bite slowly and thoroughly.

Your new stomach probably won't be able to handle both solid food and fluids at the same time. You will need to separate fluid and food intake by at least 30 minutes and only sip what your drinks. You won't be able to tolerate large amounts of fat, alcohol, or sugar and will need to adjust your diet accordingly.

Exercise and the support of others (for example, joining a support group with people who have undergone weight loss surgery) are extremely important to help you lose weight and maintain that loss following gastric bypass. You can generally resume exercise 6 weeks after the operation. Even sooner than that, you will be able to take short walks at a comfortable pace, with the approval and guidance of your doctor. Exercise improves your metabolism, while both exercise and attending a group support can boost your self-esteem and help you stay motivated.
The weight loss results of gastric bypass surgery are generally good. On average, patients lose 60 percent of their excess weight.  Most patients lose an average of 10 pounds per month and reach a stable weight between 18 and 24 months after surgery. Often, the greatest rate of weight loss occurs immediately following the surgery while you are still on a liquid diet.
 
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