Find out everything you need to know about gastric bypass surgery here.
Each year, thousands of people in the United States either undergo gastric bypass surgery or consider the operation as a means to weight loss. Before committing to the surgery, patients need to understand the basics of gastric bypass. Here are some common questions about gastric bypass surgery.
How Does Gastric Bypass Work?
In a nutshell, the results of gastric bypass surgery make you feel full very quickly, so you consume less food and fewer calories. The surgery achieves its effects by dividing and separating the stomach, so only a very small space is left for food.
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
The main components which determine whether or not a patient is a candidate for gastric bypass surgery include:
- Waist circumference
- Current health conditions associated with obesity
- Current risk factors for disease
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
Knowing your BMI is necessary when considering gastric bypass. BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height and waist circumference. Knowing your BMI and waist circumference helps determine your risk for obesity-associated diseases and helps determine if you’re a candidate for surgery.
What is the Age Range of Gastric Bypass Recipients?
Gastric bypass surgery is performed on patients ranging from 16-65 years old. Each individual patient must have an evaluation with a physician and thoroughly understand the life-long changes in eating patterns and behaviors that are expected.
How Long Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Take?
Usually, gastric bypass takes anywhere from 2-3 hours (total operating room time). The operation itself runs between 1.5-2.5 hours.
How Long is the Hospital Stay after Surgery?
Recovery times depend on the patient but typical hospital stays (including the day of surgery) are as follows:
- 1 day for Laparoscopic Band
- 2 days for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
- 3 days for Open Gastric Bypass
Immediately following surgery, your surgeon will begin pain control and monitor your level of pain for several weeks and months.
The Medical Center of Plano provides each patient with comprehensive care both before and after weight-loss surgery. If you would like to learn more about bariatric surgery and other weight-loss options, please contact our Bariatric Surgery Institute at 972-519-1552. For a physician referral, please call us at 1-855-665-TMCP.
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