Roux-en Y Gastric Bypass or Gastric Bypass is considered a ‘gold standard’ weight loss surgery that aims at facilitating weight loss by limiting the production of the hormones that cause hunger and the amount of food a patient can intake and absorb. One the most commonly prescribed bariatric surgeries in Dallas and other places, the procedure is divided into two parts: first, making a small pouch in the stomach, and second, the bypass procedure. Gastric bypass is not new as it dates back to 1961, but newer techniques and preoperative assessments have made it safer than ever before.

Who Qualifies for a Gastric Bypass Procedure?

For a patient to qualify for a gastric bypass in Dallas, TX or anywhere else, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • Non-surgical weight loss methods were unsuccessful
  • BMI is 40 or higher
  • BMI is 35 or higher, along with serious weight related health issues, including type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure

Pre-Operative Care

Before a gastric bypass procedure in Fort Worth, TX or anywhere else, it is essential to follow a list of pre-operative care measures. The measures include:

  • Following a Strict Diet
  • Quitting smoking and drinking
  • Exercising regularly

The Procedure

Gastric Bypass surgery is divided into two parts:

Stomach Stapling

In the first step, the surgeon divides the stomach into two portions, one large and the other comparatively smaller (about 30ml or the size of an egg). After dividing the stomach, the smaller part is sewn together to make a pouch, the process is called “stomach stapling”. Reducing the size of the stomach restricts the diet intake of the patient, and therefore help in weight loss.

Bypass

The second step of a gastric bypass aims at curbing the absorption of nutrients and calories. In this step, the surgeon disconnects the small pouch from the stomach and connects it to a part of the small intestine.

Although making the stomach smaller and rerouting the intestines intuitively makes sense to help someone to lose weight, the hormonal changes after this operation surrounding metabolism can be dramatic and result in virtually immediate blood sugar control with resolution of diabetes and sustained weight loss.

Risks and Complications

A few risks and complications in a gastric bypass procedure include:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT
  • Gallstones
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Quick dumping of food in intestines, leading to nausea and other complications
  • Ulcers

Post-Operative Care

After a gastric bypass procedure in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX or anywhere else, it is essential to follow a list of post-operative care measures. The measures include:

  • Strictly follow doctor’s instructions
  • Regularly follow up with your physician
  • Religiously take your pain medication
  • Sleep properly
  • Stay hydrated
  • Vitamin replacements for life are essential to prevent any deficiencies

Need a Weight Loss Surgery? Contact Us!

If you’re looking for surgeons who specialize in weight loss surgery, look no further than Dr. Sachin Kukreja at Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates. To schedule a consultation with one of our gastric bypass surgeons, simply call 469-620-0222 or fill our contact form, and we will get back with you, shortly.