Gastric Bypass

The last resort, the last solution.

This is a procedure which is normally only recommended and performed if all other non-surgical attempts to lose weight have failed. If diets, exercise or medicines haven’t worked then perhaps this is the option for you

What is a gastric bypass?

The operation involves a small stomach pouch being created and part of your small intestine being bypassed. In layman’s terms, what this means is that the amount of food you’re able to eat in a meal will be drastically reduced and your body will also absorb less food as well. Staples are used to create the pouch in your stomach, and then your small intestine is re-attached to this pouch. Food will thus have a shorter journey from the stomach and less of it will be absorbed into your body. Amazingly, for a procedure this complicated, the average operating time is only 1 to 3 hours.

Could I be a suitable candidate for a gastric bypass?

To be suitable for this procedure you need to be very obese- usually with a BMI of around 40 to 60+. You must have tried everything else and see this as your only solution to getting the normal and healthy life which you crave. The National Institution of Health and Clinical Excellence have issued guidelines for those considering obesity surgery but, as a rule, three things are taken into consideration when deciding whether this procedure is right for a patient. Whether or not that patient is clinically obese, whether or not this obesity is causing the patient problems in their day to day life and if non-surgical alternatives have been sought and tried before resorting to this option.

Will a gastric bypass really work?

On average, people who have had this procedure have found that they have lost around 70% of their excess weight; a staggering success by anyone’s calculations. There will be pain after the operation, especially around the abdominal area, but that is to be expected with a procedure of this magnitude. Some patients do not find the surgery to be a success but this is usually down their own intransigence on such essentials as taking the supplements and medication given, becoming healthier and more physically active and, vitally, attending follow ups.

I am interested in having a gastric bypass, what should I do next?

Exhaust all other possibilities first and then consult your GP about the procedure. After this, get an appointment to see your chosen surgeon.