The Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The advantages of the gastric bypass surgery procedure are more than the risks. It is expected that 75% of patients lose 75 to 80% of their excess body weight. About 70% to 80% of patients with hypertension are without medications and over 90% of patients with non-insulin dependent Type II diabetes mellitus are expected to be without medication. Improved drastically, if not totally resolved includes sleep apnea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, shortness of breath and a growing sense of total well-being.

It is expected to have a significant reduction in risk of heart disease, lung disease and cancers. Morbid obesity can reduce life expectancy by as much as 20% in a given patient, depending on their age and co-morbid problems. There is also a significantly improved quality of life and self-esteem in patients who have undergone the gastric bypass procedure for weight loss.

It is important to understand that this surgery should be taken seriously. In general, the risks of morbidly obese patients are greater for most surgeries and medical interventions than for patients who are not morbidly obese. The incidence of the above-mentioned risks is very low, however, they are real and should be considered when making a decision regarding your application for a gastric bypass procedure. It is important to understand your role in gastric bypass surgery. First and foremost, it is a tool for weight loss and maintenance of weight loss. It is not a magic bullet and will not guarantee results without the complete care of you and your doctor. Our practice would expect you to commit to our program and accept long-term follow-up, and acknowledge that surgery has its limitations. After our suggestions made by your surgeon, nurse, and dietician you will greatly increase your success in this procedure. It is important to remember that vitamin supplements are a lifetime commitment just like exercise and a sensible diet.

It will require the absolute care and cooperation of our patients. With this dedication will come unlimited benefits, the most important being the elimination or extensive improvement in your medical problems related to obesity.

  • Right after surgery, most patients lose weight quickly and continue to lose for 18 to 24 months after the procedure.Although most patients regain 5 to 10 percent of the weight they lost, many maintain a long-term weight loss of about 100 pounds
  • Surgery improves most conditions related to obesity. For example, in a blood sugar study 83 percent of obese patients with diabetes returned to normal after surgery. Almost all patients with blood sugar levels who did not return to normal because they were older or had lived with diabetes for a long time.

Many individuals report developing a found sense of well-being after weight loss surgery. People who undergo weight loss surgery can usually expect:

  • Improved elimination of conditions associated with morbid obesity, including adult onset diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and arthritis, and joint problems.
  • Improved ability to resume physical activity
  • A loss of 50 to 70 percent of that weight over ideal body weight. This loss usually occurs during the 18 months following surgery.