Pennsylvania Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
About This Procedure
The most well known of all of the successful types of bariatric surgery is the gastric bypass procedure. With a history dating back several decades, plus the additional of several key improvements, it remains a go-to choice. It can help you finally achieve your goals of sustained weight loss, and a healthier, happier and longer life. Learn more about gastric bypass surgery, what it actually is, its benefits, and the rest of what you can expect along the way.
What is the Gastric Bypass Procedure?
The Tristate New York Bariatric Group practices the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) procedure specifically. Here, your stomach size is reduced to a pouch the size of a small egg. Next, the remainder of the stomach is bypassed. This both greatly restricts how much you’re physically able to eat, while also limiting the absorption of calories during the digestion process of the food you eat.
Benefits of Undergoing Gastric Bypass
There are a great number of benefits of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. One study actually compared the results of previous studies on bariatric surgery, analyzing 164 of them in total, with a combined 160,000 patients. It was a comprehensive look at much of the other previous research which existed. Here, gastric bypass was found to be the most effective type of bariatric surgery.
When you fight, and win, against obesity, you also improve your health. You’ll reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, reduce or eliminate high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as sleep apnea, and many other related conditions. Gastric bypass patients even have an 80% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
Gastric bypass surgery is also advantageous to another procedure, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, in two ways. First, weight loss is generally both more rapid and more readily sustained. Second, there are no risks of having parts or pieces which could break or erode.
Finally, you cannot overlook that gastric bypass has a track record dating back more than three decades. This is the single most tried and true, and proven successful, variety of bariatric surgery.
New York Bariatric Group of Pennsylvania - Gastric Bypass Surgery
What should I Expect During & After the Procedure?
A step-by-step overview of your procedure includes:
- Undergoing general anesthesia at the start of your procedure
- Using laparoscopic techniques and only minimal, small or keyhole incisions to get instruments and the camera into position
- Dividing the stomach with staples into one large and one small, upper section measuring only 25 mls
- Connecting a piece of the small intestine directly to the upper pouch, creating the bypass
- Total surgery time of between two and four hours
Most patients spend between one and two nights in the hospital following their procedure, and take up to two weeks off work. With laparoscopic gastric bypass, recovery time, pain and even visible signs of surgery are all reduced. We’ll provide you with more detailed at-home care instructions when you’re ready to go home.
How Much is Gastric Bypass Surgery in Pennsylvania?
If you’re thinking about gastric bypass surgery in Pennsylvania, then you’ll be pleased to know that most insurance companies do cover the cost of bariatric surgery for obese patients. We’ll work with you to help you understand your insurer’s process and how best to be approved. If you’re unable to obtain coverage, we also have several financing plans and alternatives.
I am ready to change my life, what should I do next?
There is a permanent solution to weight loss, and fighting obesity. The Tristate New York Bariatric Group can help you achieve those long-standing goals once and for all.
Call us at 800.633.8446, and we’ll provide you with any further information or schedule your initial consultation appointment today. We can transform your body, your health, and your entire life, and you can always be confident with our expert team.
What are the risks of the Gastric Bypass?
One of the great benefits of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is that it has comparatively fewer risks than alternative procedures. Risks to be aware of include:
- Band erosion or slipping
- Band or port infection
- Pouch dilation
- Food bolus obstruction
- The need to undergo a revisional procedure
- All risks inherent with surgery and general anesthesia
*Gastric bypass patients must utilize nutritional supplements and vitamins as a part of their normal diet.
What will my diet consist of after Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Following your procedure, you’ll be given detailed instructions for your dietary requirements. This involves a six-week, three-phase plan, taking you from a liquids-only diet, to the incorporation of soft foods, to the inclusion a more complete number of food groups.
We understand the patient education and support are vital keys to long-term weight loss success. That’s why we also provide you with a comprehensive bariatric program, including mentors, support groups, and a convenient online store, where you can purchase foods which have been specifically designed to match your new nutritional needs.