Every bariatric and metabolic surgery will improve a patient’s weight and metabolism; they are similar in weight loss rate and benefits, that’s why some patients may get confused when choosing between them. Understanding their characteristics, benefits, and advantages is key. With the help of your doctor, you will find the one that suits you best.
UNDERSTANDING GASTRIC BYPASS, A.K.A ROUX-EN-Y
Although it is hard to err when choosing your elective procedure, NUBARICS® surgeons suggest gastric bypass in higher BMI patients who carry an excess of 50 pounds or more, long treated or poorly managed chronic metabolic diseases, or history of reflux disease. Below are nine characteristics, benefits, and advantages of the gastric bypass surgery.
1. Restrictive, mal-absorption, and hunger control effectiveness
The effectiveness of this procedure lies in several mechanisms. Since this surgery creates a gastric pouch the size of a tangerine, the patient will experience a restriction, meaning that they will feel satiety with smaller quantities of food, thus, fewer calories. This pouch is then connected to the middle part of the small intestine, bypassing the stomach and the first part of the small intestine where many calories are absorbed, which creates a mal-absorption mechanism too. Ghrelin, the appetite hormone is also favorably changed and patients experience better hunger control. Gastric bypass is an irreversible surgery.
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3. Nutrient absorption
Gastric bypass does modify the anatomy and functionality of the small intestine. Food nutrients of your meals bypass a part of the small intestine, thus are partially absorbed. A restricted low-calorie menu will be the first intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, omegas, and essential amino acids; patients can easily enhance their nutrition with their guided supplementary intake of nutrients.
4. Dumping syndrome
This fast stomach emptying occurs to approximately to half of the patients who undergo this bariatric surgery, it may happen to patients who eat amounts or types of foods they shouldn’t in a weight loss regime, such as sugars in the form of candy, sodas or juices, cookies or cakes, milk or ice cream, and refined foods. This may result in nausea, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, sweats, and gases. Avoiding or resolving this condition is possible following your nutritionist’s guidelines.
5. Surgery and recovery
The laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is performed in 90 minutes or less. You may have read lower surgical times elsewhere, but come on, your surgery is not a race for us, NUBARICS® surgeons are safe and professional; they will not try to break a record with your surgery. Precision, details and safety leak tests take time. I suggest you also read the blog on how time is spent in the operating room during bariatric surgery.
Hospital stay under NUBARICS® care is 3 days; we do not send our patients to a recovery house.
A safe return to office activities is one week, physically demanding: one month, full recovery time: 6 weeks. Don’t get confused by the small laparoscopic incisions on the skin, because on the inside, bariatric surgery is major surgery.
6. Documented results
Results are similar in all of the bariatric surgeries. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBC), patients may lose as much as 60% of excess weight six months after surgery, and 77% of excess weight as early as 12 months after surgery.
7. Advantages of losing weight with bariatric and metabolic surgery
Improvement of metabolic, respiratory, cardiovascular, skin, joint conditions and diseases; such as Insulin resistance syndrome, glycosylated hemoglobin results (Hba1C), blood glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides levels, blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma, fatigue and many more illnesses related to being obese.
8. Risks and complications
NUBARICS® effort in the selection of medical professionals, patients, and hospitals is to reduce and avoid complications. On NUBARICS® surgeons accounts: skin incision infection, gastric incision bleeding (lower than 1%), gastric content leak that may result in peritonitis (lower than 1%), blood clotting (lower than 1%), reflux may occur in a low percentage of patients, most of it with the previous history of the disease.
Occasional and temporary loss of muscle mass, hair loss, and skin sagging of skin in high BMI patients may occur.
9. The Mortality rate
Although any surgery carries a risk to the patient, you will be amazed by the low mortality rate of weight loss surgery compared to other procedures. Overall bariatric and metabolic surgery mortality rate is about 0.1%, lower than gallbladder surgery with a rate of 0.7%, and hip replacement surgery with 0.93%. Still, there is a method for making your surgery even safer: avoid paying the industry’s low-end prices. Every price cut requires a cost cut; it may be a fee, service, underpaid professional, or a hospital with insufficient staff or without bacteriological surveillance, or the necessary equipment to treat an unexpected emergency.
Hopefully, this blog will provide you with helpful information to discuss with your surgeon in regards to your future surgery.
At NUBARICS® we don’t just help people lose weight. We put them in a path to a healthier, happier life.
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Dr. Gabriel Gutierrez
NUBARICS® pre- and post-operative support coordinator