New York Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
About This Procedure
Are you tired of one fad diet after another without ever actually seeing results? The only legitimate, proven solution for both rapid and long-term weight loss is bariatric surgery. At the top of the list for many prospective patients in New York is the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. Here, we’ll provide you with all of the details on this surgery, its benefits, how it works, and much more.
What is the Gastric Bypass Procedure?
With laparoscopic gastric bypass, or more specifically, laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), the size of the stomach is first greatly reduced, and the rest of the stomach is then bypassed. This creates two key outcomes, the first being that only a minimal amount of food can be eaten with a pouch the size of a walnut or small egg. Secondly, fewer calories are absorbed during the digestion process via bypassing the rest of the stomach.
Gastric bypass is likely the most well known form of bariatric surgery, and it has the longest and most successful track record.
Benefits of Undergoing Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass will provide you with a wide range of benefits. The list starts of course with proven and sustained weight loss. A meta-analysis of more than 150 separate studies found gastric bypass to be the most effective type of bariatric surgery for weight loss.
In turn, a wide range of benefits will be seen. This includes reducing or eliminating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, and a range of conditions related to obesity. In fact, gastric bypass reduces a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 80%.
As compared to adjustable gastric band surgery, weight loss is more rapid, and more readily sustained. Another comparative benefit as opposed to gastric banding is that there are no parts which could potentially break or erode.
Gastric bypass also has a 30 year track record. That means you can be confident in both the procedure itself, as well as the outcomes it produces. Today of course, the laparoscopic technique has enhanced the procedure further.
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What should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
General anesthesia is provided to patients undergoing gastric bypass. When performed laparoscopically, small incisions are made for the keyhole procedure, passing the camera and instruments into position.
There are then several steps to the procedure. First, the stomach is divided with staples into two sections. The small upper portion measures only 25 mls. Next, a piece of the small intestine is connected to the small upper pouch of your stomach. In this way, food eaten enters the small pouch, and then directly moves to the small intestine, “bypassing” the rest of the stomach.
The surgery may take between two and four hours to complete. With laparoscopic gastric bypass, recovery time and pain are substantially reduced, as are visible signs of the procedure.
Patients may need to spend one to two nights in the hospital, and it’s recommended that they stay home from work for up to two weeks. Detailed care instructions and guidelines will also be provided and explained upon release.
How Much is Gastric Bypass Surgery in New York?
Determining the gastric bypass surgery cost for each patient begins with their eligibility for insurance coverage. We work diligently on behalf of our patients to ensure they not only understand this process, but maximize their chances of being covered.
The good news is that most insurers cover the cost of bariatric surgery for obese individuals. If this is not the case, or you do not have insurance, then we also offer several financing plans to help make the gastric bypass surgery cost manageable for our patients.
I am ready to change my life, what should I do next?
It’s time to take action, and find a permanent and proven successful to weight loss and obesity. Turn to the region’s most trusted and recognized surgical team for gastric bypass surgery in New York. Call our office at 800.633.844 and we’ll provide you with the information you need to get started on the path towards changing and improving your life.
What are the risks of the Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass surgery has a higher risk of complication as opposed to other varieties of bariatric surgery. This is due to the nature of the procedure itself and what’s involved. Specifically, risks include:
- Malnutrition, as well as iron and calcium deficiencies
- Gastric “dumping” which may cause nausea
- Stricture of the site where intestines are joined
- Staple line failure
- Internal hernias
- Need for revisional surgery
- All common risks associated with any surgical procedure, and any procedure incorporating anesthesia
After the procedure, patients must take appropriate supplements and vitamins to ensure they receive proper nutrition.
What will my diet consist of after Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Your post gastric bypass surgery diet will actually consist of several different phases, each lasting approximately two weeks. We’ll provide you with very detailed instructions and guidance on this, as you move from a short all-liquid phase, to begin incorporating soft foods, and then a fuller range of normal foods back into your diet.
As previously mentioned, vitamins and supplements are a necessary component to your gastric bypass diet. In our online store, you’ll be able to quickly find what you need.