New Jersey Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
About This Procedure
Gastric bypass surgery remains the first option which most prospective patients think of when they imagine weight loss surgery. While there are indeed alternatives today, gastric bypass can count on a three-decade history of success, and it is still one of the leading options available to you. You can and will see phenomenal weight loss results if you choose to undergo gastric bypass. Right here, we’ll provide you with the information and insight you need to learn more about this procedure, its benefits, what it entails, and more.
What is the Gastric Bypass Procedure?
There are actually several variations to this surgery, and what we perform is perhaps the most innovative and successful, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, or RYGB for short. With RYGB, we essentially create a walnut-sized stomach pouch which is directly connected to your small intestine, bypassing the rest of your stomach.
Benefits of Undergoing Gastric Bypass
The purpose of bariatric surgery is of course to lose weight, and that’s where any look at its benefits should begin. Sometimes, looking through research and studies can become daunting. Luckily, this meta-analysis of over 160 previous studies compresses that hard work for us. This study shows gastric bypass to be the most effective type of weight loss surgery compared to even newer alternatives.
Losing weight and successfully staving off obesity means improved all-around health and wellness. Another study found that gastric bypass patients have an 80% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared to those who do not undergo the procedure. Risks are reduced for everything from high cholesterol to hypertension, sleep apnea to heart attack and stroke.
Gastric bypass actually helps you lose weight in two ways. First, with the restriction of what you eat, and second, by limiting the absorption of calories from the foods you do eat by bypassing your full stomach.
Another benefit to choosing this procedure in particular is its lengthy, more than 30-year long history. That’s a substantial amount of successful work to look back confidently on.
New York Bariatric Group of New Jersey - Gastric Bypass Surgery
What should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
Your procedure will begin with the application of general anesthesia. Then, minimal keyhole incisions are made to insert the laparoscope and required surgical instruments. Your stomach is then divided in two, with an upper pouch measuring only approximately 25 mls being created. At this point, a portion of the small intestine is connected directly to the upper pouch, skipping the rest of the stomach, hence the name – “bypass”. The tools are removed, and the external incision is closed. The surgery is completed in between two-four hours.
Gastric bypass patients most commonly spend one or two nights in the hospital. We recommend taking two weeks off of work, and will provide you with more detailed instructions for your home care.
How Much is Gastric Bypass Surgery in New Jersey?
Most large insurance providers today actually cover bariatric surgery for obese patients who meet their specifications. We know that can be difficult to understand, and we’ll guide you through this process as much as possible and hopefully aid in your approval. If you do not get approval or do not currently have insurance, we also provide patients with several different financing plans to help ease the burden.
I am ready to change my life, what should I do next?
Reaching your weight loss goals and solving your health issues is within reach, and we can get you there. All you need to do is decide to pick up the phone and take action.
Call our renowned team at 800.633.8446 today. We’ll schedule your initial appointment and answer any further questions you have to help get you moving down the path to weight loss success.
What are the risks of the Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass surgery brings with it a higher risk of complication than other varieties of bariatric surgery, stemming from the fact that it’s a more complex surgery. Beyond the inherent risks of all surgeries and general anesthesia itself, specific risks include: staple line failures, internal hernias, strictures of the site where the intestines are joined, gastric “dumping”, malnutrition such as iron or calcium deficiencies, and a need for corrective, revisional surgery.
Gastric bypass patients must take vitamins and/or supplements to avoid the potential aforementioned deficiencies.
What will my diet consist of after Gastric Bypass Surgery?
In the six weeks following your surgery, you’ll move through three stages of dietary changes, two weeks apiece. This includes:
- First, a liquids only diet for two weeks
- Next, the incorporation of pureed foods and soft foods
- Finally, including a wider range of food choices such as small portions of lean meat
We attribute the success of our patients as much to the expert surgical hands who perform their procedures as to the comprehensive bariatric program we offer. This includes patient education, follow-up appointments, support groups, and even mentors. You can also shop from our online store to find doctor-approved foods and supplements all in one convenient and affordable location.