gastric bypass surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass surgery works by allowing the food a person eats to bypass an area of the small intestine which subsequently creates a smaller stomach. The end result is your stomach will feel full much faster than when your stomach had its usual shape, which cuts down your food intake and also the calories consumed. This leads to weight loss.

The procedure does require stapling a portion of the stomach. The most common type of gastric bypass surgery is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

ROUX-EN-Y GASTRIC BYPASS

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, the stomach is made smaller by making a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach by stapling it together or through vertical banding. The small part of the stomach is joined to the center part of the small intestine (jejunum), bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine (duodenum). The procedure is completed using a laparoscope (a thin telescope for viewing inside the abdomen) in most patients. The surgery shows minor scarring when carried out using this method.

The Gastric Bypass surgical operation reduces the stomach size by to 1-2 ounces.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass

Some excerpts from a Chicago study in January 2008 prove Gastric Bypass surgery's value.

"Out of all the therapies we have today, it has very little risk and it's the most effective," claimed Dr. John Dixon of Monash University Medical School in Melbourne, Australia, the research studies chief author.

The patients had gastric band surgery, a procedure more common in Australia than in the United States, where gastric bypass surgery, or stomach stapling, thrives with the masses.

Dr. David Cummings, of the University of Washington in Seattle, published another editorial in the journal but did not participate in the study mentioned that, "Remission of diabetes is achievable in as little as a few days up to a month with gastric bypass. For the most part society has looked at diabetes as a disease that intensifies with time reoccurs. Now with these studies, there is a genuine optimism for curing a large number of patients."

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