A gastric bypass is a weight loss treatment solution for those who have a dangerously high body mass index, life-threatening condition due to weight, or obesity. A gastric bypass is a surgical procedure which involves the division of the stomach into two.
A gastric bypass is a surgical procedure which involves the division of the stomach into two, creating a small, top pouch, and a larger, bottom pouch. Following this, the surgeon will then connect the small intestine to the smaller, part of the stomach divided previously. The gastric bypass is then created.
By creating a smaller stomach, less food is required to feel full.
This solution is popular among those who struggle to lose weight, with high BMI levels and life-threatening conditions from obesity. The gastric bypass is one of the three most routinely performed bariatric surgeries carried out in the UK.
A consultation will be expected prior to treatment day for examination of the treatment area. During this time, the procedure will be explained, with realistic outcomes, aftercare, risks and approximate treatment costs. Any questions or concerns will be answered by your consultant, and you can ask for previous work to gain an idea of overall results.
During treatment, the surgeon will us surgical staplers to create a small pouch at the top end of your stomach. This allows for the new pouch and your small intestine to be directly connected, and so to bypass the rest of your stomach and bowel.
A gastric bypass is an alternative to those who have struggled to lose weight via exercising and dieting, but also where non-surgical methods have been unsuccessful. A gastric bypass will also help aid those who have a risk of high blood pressure, joint problems, breathing issues such as sleep apnoea and type two diabetes. Patients with diabetes may even see blood sugar levels revert to an improved level.
Within two years of gastric bypass surgery treatment, up to two thirds of body fat can be lost. This can be maintained for around 10 years with a healthy diet and exercise.
Cost is dependent on the individual however, price usually falls between £8,000 and £10,000.