Gastric Bypass Surgery

The gastric bypass has been performed for more than 35 years. Average initial weight loss exceeds 70% of excess weight, and long-term studies have demonstrated that the weight loss is maintained at over 50% in greater than 90% of patients.  Attention to diet and eating habits, exercise, and long-term follow-up with your surgeon contribute to optimal weight reduction.

In addition to weight loss, many associated medical problems will resolve or improve following gastric bypass.  Adult-onset diabetes mellitus improves in over 90% of patients, with 80% becoming medicine-free, including insulin. Patients can also expect improvements in hypertension and high cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, shortness of breath, and other respiratory difficulties, such as asthma. Gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux) is frequently cured immediately. Although permanent damage to joints that has already occurred is not reversible, patients will often experience significant improvements in mobility and joint pain. Improvement is also frequently observed with leg swelling or venous stasis disease, urinary incontinence, and headaches.

As a surgical procedure, laparoscopic gastric bypass has much lower rates of incisional hernia and wound infection, reduced pain, and a more rapid return to work and normal activities than the traditional open-incision gastric bypass.  Some patients may not be candidates for the laparoscopic approach to gastric bypass due to larger size or large abdominal wall hernias. Prior abdominal operations, such as cholecystectomy (gall-bladder removal), hysterectomy, Caesarean section, and appendectomy do not usually preclude laparoscopic RYGB.

For more information about the benefits of gastric bypass surgery, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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