Gastric Bypass Surgery in Houston, TX
Preventing Health Risks Associated with Obesity
When an individual is facing morbid obesity, diet and exercise alone may not be fully effective for achieving weight loss goals and managing the wide range of health risks that can come with being 100 pounds or more overweight. Gastric bypass surgery has helped many patients who have not had success with more conventional weight loss solutions, and it is one of several surgeries that can facilitate significant weight loss when conditions like diabetes, heart disease, or kidney disease are at risk.* Keep reading to explore the risks and benefits of gastric bypass* so you know if this surgery is the right path for your weight loss.
Why Consider Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass* involves changes to the structure of your stomach and small intestine so that your stomach becomes smaller and you are able to become full with much smaller meals. The benefits of this procedure include significant long-term weight loss*, changes in gut hormones to reduce appetite, and favorable long-term maintenance. The Surgery is also malabsorptive, which means that fewer calories will be absorbed by the body from the food you eat to promote more rapid weight loss. However, this also means that you will absorb fewer nutrients too, so you may need to regularly take vitamins and carefully watch what you eat to avoid long-term nutritional deficiencies.
What Is Involved in Recovery and Maintenance?
It is important to understand that gastric bypass* and other bariatric surgeries* are not intended as quick-fixes for weight loss. Significant maintenance is required to manage your health following gastric bypass*, so this should be considered as patients think of having this surgery.
- Recovery diet – The initial diet you will follow after surgery will be primarily liquid-based, since your stomach will be highly sensitive. As you recover, you can transition to soft foods, and eventually a regular diet of solid foods. In every stage of recovery and maintenance, portion control is essential.
- Permanent lifestyle changes – Diet and exercise is not optional after gastric bypass*. When you have surgery, you should make a lifelong commitment to your health, recognizing the importance of a regular routine of physical activity and a well-rounded diet.
- Ongoing nutritional management – Because your body will not absorb as many nutrients from your food, you will want to choose the most nutrient-dense foods for every meal. You also need to regularly take vitamin supplements to sustain good health.
If you are a candidate for bariatric surgery*, 1st Choice Weight Loss can help you select the right surgical procedure for your needs. Call us at (281) 888-7767 to schedule your initial consultation with our Houston surgeons.
About the Procedure
There are two components to the procedure. First, a small stomach pouch, approximately one ounce or 30 milliliters in volume, is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach. Next, the intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach pouch.
The gastric bypass* works by several mechanisms. First, similar to most bariatric procedures, the newly created stomach pouch is considerably smaller resulting in less calorie consumption. Additionally, a segment of intestine that normally absorbs calories, vitamins and minerals is no longer in contact with food. This results in less calorie absorption.
Most importantly, the rerouting of the food stream produces changes in gut hormones that promote satiety, suppress hunger, and reverse one of the primary mechanisms by which obesity induces type 2 diabetes.
- Produces significant long-term weight loss (60 to 80 percent excess weight loss)
- May lead to conditions that increase energy expenditure
- Produces favorable changes in gut hormones that reduce appetite and enhance satiety
- Typical maintenance of >50% excess weight loss
- Is technically a more complex operation than the Sleeve Surgery* and potentially could result in greater complication rates
- Can lead to long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
- Requires adherence to dietary recommendations, life-long vitamin/mineral supplementation, and follow-up compliance
As with any surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications associated with this surgical procedure. If you have specific questions about this procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with a bariatric surgeon in Houston today.