- What is Gastric Bypass – Laproscopic Sleeve Surgery:
Laproscopic Sleeve Surgery is an effective means to reduce the storage capacity of a patient’s stomach. This allows the patient to feel full after consuming a much smaller portion of food than before the weight loss surgery, thereby controlling their appetite and eating habits. Essentially, the doctor makes five small incisions and stitches the stomach to a narrower size in order to reduce its storage capacity. It is much less invasive than open surgery, and allows a patient to return to normal life after just a few weeks.
When is it done:
Gastric bypass is done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
Gastric bypass is typically done only after you’ve tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits.
In general, gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries could be an option for you if:
- Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher (extreme obesity).
- Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea. In some cases, you may qualify for certain types of weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 30 to 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems.
But gastric bypass isn’t for everyone who is severely overweight. You may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery. You likely will have an extensive screening process to see if you qualify.
You must also be willing to make permanent changes to lead a healthier lifestyle. You may be required to participate in long-term follow-up plans that include monitoring your nutrition, your lifestyle and behavior, and your medical conditions.