What You Should Know
Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss option for those severely overweight who have not been able to shed excess pounds through other methods. The procedure is done by a surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgeries and requires a hospital stay for the procedure itself and recovery time. Gastric bypass surgery is generally restricted to those who have a BMI of 40 or more, have been overweight for some time and have not been able to take off the weight with a traditional diet and exercise approach. The surgery is a solution for those who have gone past the cosmetic issues related to weight gain and have realized serious medical complications and risks are arising with the additional pounds.
During gastric bypass surgery, a portion of the stomach is sealed off and connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach cavity and the top part of the intestine called the duodenum. The benefits of this surgery are twofold; first a patient will consume less calories because the feeling of fullness will come sooner during meals, and the absorption of calories into the system will be less do to the absence of part of the intestine that is used for absorption. Unfortunately, nutrients are not absorbed either, leaving patients needing supplementation of key nutritional substances after gastric bypass surgery.
List of Ingredients
Because there is no supplement used in gastric bypass surgery, there are no specific ingredients to report. However, it is important to note that certain nutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals may not get absorbed into the body as easily after gastric bypass surgery. This means that patients may need to take supplementation after the procedure to ensure that these nutrients do not become depleted. Supplementation may be by pills, nasal spray or shots, depending on the level of need and the doctor’s recommendation.
Gastric bypass surgery requires four to six days in the hospital for the procedure and recovery. Recovery after the hospital stay will go on for a number of weeks. Risks of the procedure include nutrient deficiencies as discussed above, gallstones, ulcers or nausea and vomiting after eating. In some cases, the staples may pull loose, requiring another surgery to repair the problem. Despite the risks involved with this procedure, there will be times when the benefits will outweigh them. A patient and doctor should make the decision about gastric bypass surgery together to ensure that it is the best possible option.
- Gastric bypass surgery can help those who cannot lost weight through other means.
- The procedure offers a long term solution to weight loss.
- The surgery comes with a degree of risk.
- There is a hospital stay and fairly lengthy recovery period involved.
- There is concern over nutrient deficiency after the procedure.
While some very obese patients may find that gastric bypass surgery is the right choice for them, it will not be a viable option for many who want to lose weight. Instead, we recommend a program that includes a low-calorie diet, daily exercise and an effective weight loss supplement for best results.