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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

gastric bypass surgery abroadWhen traditional weight loss methods such as diet and physical exercise fail to bring results, obese patients, whose health is endangered by excess weight, often turn to weight-loss surgery. These surgical procedures make alterations to the digestive system limiting the capacity of food intake or food absorption. The most frequently performed weight-loss surgery (aka bariatric surgery) is gastric bypass surgery, which implies dramatic changes in patients’ eating habits and lifestyle. Willingness to change habits and commitment to results is of utmost importance for a successful treatment.

Who Is Eligible For Gastric Bypass Surgery?

  • Extremely obese patients, whose body mass index exceeds 40.
  • Patients with serious weight related comorbidities such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and severe musculoskeletal deformities.
  • As gastric bypass surgery is irreversible, patient commitment is imperative. They must be ready to undergo a life-long weight and nutrition monitoring follow-up care.

Types of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • The most common type of non-reversible gastric bypass surgery is called Roux-en-Y. During this procedure the surgeon separates the upper part of your stomach from the rest of it to form a pouch the size of which is about 6 times smaller than the original stomach size. In the next step the surgeon cuts out the upper part of the small intestine and reconnects it to the small pouch. In this way your food intake will be limited because of the size of the stomach and food absorption will be also reduced as the firs section of the small intestine is eliminated.
  • Another somewhat more complex bypass surgery is the Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. The surgery reduces stomach to 20% of the original size and bypasses a huge portion of the small intestine by reconnecting the end of the small intestine directly to the duodendum (first section of the small intestine that is connected to the stomach). It is one of the most drastic weigh-loss surgeries but shows high success rates in long-term weight loss.

These methods are also labeled malabsorptive because of the limitation of calorie and nutrients absorptive sections of the gastrointestinal track.

The Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure

Weight-loss surgeries must be performed in the operating theatre of an accredited hospital or specialized clinic.

Prior to surgery it is essential to strictly follow the instructions of your physician and observe all the dietary and medicinal restrictions.

Consult the possibilities of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery as today more and more surgeons prefer this minimally invasive method over open surgeries. If the type of surgery allows laparoscopy you can expect just a tiny incision, less blood loss and shorter recovery time.

The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and may take between 3-6 hours, depending on the method and potential complications.  It is a major surgical procedure so post-surgery you will be monitored up to five days.

It is followed by an extensive follow-up care period in the course of which you have to acquire new eating and exercising habits. In the first days post-surgery you can only consume liquids, then soft food, progressive reintroducing solid food.

In the next few months patients experience a rapid weight loss which has both positive and negative side effects.  After surgery weight-loss is long term and weight control is usually sustainable

Gastric Bypass Surgery Costs

In most developed counties gastric bypass surgery cost is high and not all insurers will take over expenses. Depending on the type of surgery, the facility and the doctor’s fee, in the U.S. average costs run between 20.000 and 35.000 USD and if you count on insurance coverage, make sure to provide all the medical documents to prove that the operation is a medical necessity to avoid a health-threatening conditions. If you do not have insurance policy or wish to lose weight for esthetic reasons, most hospitals and clinics offer financing plans and loans that you can pay back in installments.

Yet another option is to check out offers for bypass surgery abroad. Plenty of agencies and health care facilities offer comprehensive packages in lower-cost developing countries, providing quality services performed for the fraction of domestic prices. An increasing number of patients are flying off beyond the borders in seek of affordable weigh-loss surgery abroad. Traveling abroad for medical care can considerably reduce your hospital bills and allows you to spend your convalescence period in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere far from the stress of everyday life.

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Ian David Murray
Gastric Bypass Surgery
I weighed 352 pounds at the age of 39. The doctors gave up on me because I didn't follow all the diets , simply couldn't. Half a year ago, I remember the exact date because I celebrate it as my second birthday, on the 17th of April, I admitted myself to a private hospital in Hungary and had a gastric bypass surgery. I was afraid to have it done abroad but Shelley from online medical tourism assured me that it's safe. Today I weigh 216 pounds and try to maintain my new contour...wanted to give hope to all those who have doubts, call OMT, it's free consultation
on 12/04/2013
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Jasmine Johnson
Gastric bypass surgery
Hi guys, I wanna share with you something , when Hannah my child came back home from school she told me that everyone is laughing on her huge fat mamma, this among other things, made me look for a solution to my huge self. I couldn't afford it at home so Ilona called me after filling inthis form and gave me a couple of options,I'm scheduled for surgery in 14 days in Brazil. I honestly can't believe it's right around the corner I'm scared and excited at the same time