This article will discuss the process of Gastric Bypass Surgery, requirements, the pros, cons and the stories of those who have undergone the surgery.
You may know that the gastric bypass is a form of surgery used for weight loss and management but do you know how exactly how it works and whether it is something you should consider out of all the weight management options in circulation?
By the end of this article, you will be well positioned to make an informed decision.
Bypass surgery is a method of helping obese people to shed excess amounts of weight. The surgery is more complex then say for example, gastric banding and therefore subject to its fair share of potential complications.
Gastric Bypass is not just another alternative weight loss method; particularly with the degree of surgery and the post operative care, this should only be considered as a last resort after other natural weight loss options have been exhausted.
A considerable effort to lose weight through diet, exercise and programs should have been sought before resorting to surgery.
Because Gastric Bypass is a form of surgery with risks and post operative care to consider (lifetime considerations), there are general requirements which may be expected to be met
Candidates will have to fall within a certain BMI (Body Mass Index)
Weight related disease, especially those that are life threatening, increase the likelihood of a candidates suitability
This list of requirements is just a rough guide; an in-depth consultation should be undertaken between the patient and the practitioner when considering a lap band.
In carrying out this procedure, a few things result:
Gastric Bypass surgery is expected to cost at least $20,000 but there are additional expenses that must be taken into account.
Insurance coverage of part of gastric surgery may be available provided requirements are met. Check with your insurance company but as a rough guide, you can expect to need to prove that the surgery is necessary, which will involve material requests from you, doctor and the gastric bypass surgeon.
Part Medicare coverage is possible with the requirements most likely to include an obese related condition.
Results and Success Rate
The results of a gastric bypass are generally very good, particularly in the first 12 months. Weight loss occurs quite quickly with common amounts of 33% of excess weight loss reported. This means a percentage of the weight required to be at a healthy weight.
Many other gastric bypass stories are more extreme with weight loss of up to %80 of excess weight occurring.
The bypass is also attributed as a significant improvement of obesity related conditions such as diabetes.
After Gastric Bypass Surgery
The gastric bypass is not a snip, tuck and the weight is gone. There are to be some major changes in the way one eats and some likely side effects to contend with.
Gastric Bypass Diet
Risks and Side Effects
It’s extremely important to discuss in great detail your concerns with your gastric bypass surgeon before surgery. Follow up appointments with medical, psychological and nutritional professionals will be required after surgery.