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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery


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Gastric bypass surgery comes in many forms but the most popular are combination-techniques that shrink
the stomach by stapling off a small section and shortening the small intestine by reattaching it at a lower
point where fewer calories will be absorbed.



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Gastric Bypass Surgery, Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery, Mini
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Gastric bypass surgery comes in many forms but the most popular are combination-techniques that shrink
the stomach by stapling off a small section and shortening the small intestine by reattaching it at a lower
point where fewer calories will be absorbed.


Gastric bypass surgery and other bariatric procedures were traditionally performed with large incisions but
laparoscopes have changed that resulting in lowered risks of many potential complications. Laparoscopic
gastric bypass surgery is a less-invasive technique involving several small incisions in the abdomen through
which surgical instruments are inserted. The laparoscope (camera) is also inserted inside the abdomen so
the surgeon can see.


The benefits of Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery are smaller scars, lower risk of hernias, and faster
recovery compared to traditional large incision gastric bypass surgery. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery
cannot be used, however, if the patient weighs over 500 pounds. A doctor may recommend a short-term
weight loss procedure like mouth-wiring to lower the weight of the patient to 400 or less so laparoscopic
bypass surgery can be performed.


As in any surgery for weight loss, potential candidates should remember that Laparoscopic gastric bypass
surgery is not a miracle cure and will involve a 90-minute to 2-hour surgical procedure, a 3-6 week recovery
time, and a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle. The risks of the surgery include infections,
bleeding, and respiratory problems. It may be difficult to eat anything for the first few weeks after surgery
without feeling uncomfortable and it will take 6-8 weeks before you are able to digest proteins or complex
carbohydrates.
Patients who follow guidelines can reasonably expect to lose at least 50% of their excess weight over a 12-
18 month period and have retained that weight-loss by at least 70% by ten years after the surgery.




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