Everything You Need To Know About Gastric Bypass Surgery


For some people, they can eat an entire pizza every day for a year and still remain underweight according to their height. For others, they try to eat healthy and exercise, but cravings take over and the pounds keep packing on. Metabolism could be a cruel witch, but let’s also take responsibility and acknowledge our less-than-perfect diet and lifestyle. If you’ve spent years trying to lose the weight but find yourself in danger of more and more obesity-related health issues, than gastric bypass surgery may be right for you.

But first, what are some obesity-related health issues that could endanger you?

Being overweight can put a lot of stress on both your mind and your body. Eventually it could lead to complications such as:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Kidney Disease
  • Certain types of Cancer

Honestly, the list is endless. If you are obese, you need to take action and the gastric bypass medical procedure may be just what the doctor ordered.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric Bypass Surgery is a medical procedure in which doctors shrink the size of your stomach and redirect part of the digestive system so that it reduces the amount of food you eat while also stopping your body from absorbing as much calories as it normally would. Though they are both extremely similar, there are two types of surgery. A roux-en-y gastric bypass is most common and staples a part of your stomach together to make it smaller. An extensive gastric bypass is more complicated and completely removes a part of your stomach, leaving behind only a small portion.

Who is a candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

The surgery is intended for people who struggle with their weight and have not been able to utilize lifestyle and diet changes. You and your healthcare professional are the only people who could accurately determine whether this surgery is the right choice for you. Some of the criteria include unsuccessful efforts to lose weight for a certain period of time, a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, and if you have serious weight-related health problems.

What happens after I’ve had the surgery?

After your surgery, you will immediately start feeling the effects of your procedure. Since your stomach is significantly smaller, you will feel full after having just a few ounces of food or liquid.

Of course, you’ll have a liquids-only diet for a while after the surgery; After you heal completely, your doctor will tell you when you can start introducing solids, but this is usually after a few months.

Will I have any symptoms post Gastric Bypass?

As is the point of the surgery, you will not be able to overeat once you’ve had gastric bypass. If you do, you will feel nauseated and may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and incontinence. It is unpleasant but it is useful in keeping your eating habits in check.

Is Gastric Bypass safe?

According to WebMD, one out of every fifty people who have gastric bypass will die from complications related to the procedure.

A majority of these are not from the actual surgery itself, but mostly from post-surgery infection. Another common complication from the surgery is blood clots. This are usually found in people who limit their movement after the surgery because of the painful healing process.

Thankfully, this number is dwindling down. What with state-of-the-art innovations such as a laparoscopic version of gastric bypass surgery, complications are now extremely rare since doctors only need a small incision rather than a long cut. This decreases chance of infection while speeding up recovery time.

Talk to your doctor today to see if gastric bypass is the right choice for your weight loss journey.

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Kevin Charles

Associate Writer

Kevin is the newest member of the Wavez writing staff. He lives in Los Angeles and got his start as a screenplay writer. He still loves writing scripts in his free time and hopes to one day have a play on Broadway!