Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 100 million Americans are overweight and 65% of them are adult. Obesity is considered as a national epidemic. Annually about half million deaths have their primary cause as obesity. If your BMI is above 40 and none of the non-surgical process gave you the desired results, then Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is an alternative surgical procedure available to reduce obesity

What is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery?

  • Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is very helpful in weight loss, there will be a significant weight loss with in one year after the surgery.
  • The procedure involves formation of a gastric pouch to reduce the food intake, thereby reducing the calorie intake.
  • This procedure is also called as minimally invasive surgery.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure

  • Six small incisions (each less than an inch long) will be made in the abdominal area. These are made to pass a camera (which is connected to a monitor), and surgical instruments into your abdomen.
  • The abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide for getting a better view of the stomach and its internal structure. The surgeon will perform the whole process by carefully watching on the monitor
  • Surgical instruments used to perform the surgery will be having a pencil width
  • A small part of your stomach will be made as a pouch and the digestive system is adjusted such that the food you eat will take more time to digest, thereby making you feel full for longer period

Risks Involved

Most of the cases will not have any serious risks involved, but some times

  • Blood clots may happen in your legs and may travel to the lungs
  • Infections at several places including the incision area, in the bladder or kidney , lungs (pneumonia)
  • Heavy blood loss
  • People with poor health conditions can have heart attack or a stroke during the surgery. This risk increases if the patient has family history of heart problems

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