Gastric Bypass Surgery in New Jersey
When diet and exercise fail, you may be able to achieve your weight loss goals with gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery works by changing how food is processed in your stomach and small intestine. It is one of the most commonly recommended procedures for obese patients. Located in Montclair, the Center for Bariatric Endoscopy, the “Premiere Bariatric Surgical Institute in New Jersey”, offers gastric bypass surgery to patients from around the world.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is an option for obese patients who are unable to achieve a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Weight loss with gastric bypass surgery is achieved by rerouting the intestines and making the stomach smaller so it holds less food. Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery feel more satisfied and full when compared to caloric restriction through dieting alone.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is an option for obese patients who have difficulty with weight loss. Gastric bypass surgery:
- Improves health and reduces risks associated with medical conditions such as diabetes.
- Helps obese patients maintain a healthy weight.
- Promotes weight loss by helping patients feel full and satisfied.
How is Gastric Bypass Surgery Performed?
Your surgeon uses general anesthesia during gastric bypass surgery. Many patients are able to have gastric bypass surgery with only small incisions, but you may need larger incisions. The surgery is performed in two stages: During the first stage, your surgeon reduces the size of your stomach to hold only about two ounces of food. The second stage is the bypass, which is where your small intestine is connected to the smallest part of your stomach. When you eat, food enters the small area of your stomach and then goes directly into the small intestine.
Preparing for Gastric Bypass Surgery
Prior to your surgery, your physician and surgeon will order labs and other diagnostic tests. These tests help determine if gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective weight loss solution for you. Your surgeon may also require you to refrain from smoking for a few weeks before the surgery. You may also be required to start a fitness program prior to the surgery to help you prepare for the post-surgical dietary and exercise requirements.
Recovery from Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery does carry some risks. Your bariatric surgeon and physician will monitor your progress carefully to identify any early complications. Common post-surgical complications include malnutrition, diarrhea, vomiting, low blood sugar, hernias, blood clots and infections. You will need to make changes to your lifestyle after surgery. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help keep you on track with these changes.
How Much Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost?
Gastric bypass surgery is an expensive procedure. Your insurance may cover a portion of the cost, but you may be responsible for any remaining balance. Many financing options are available for patients, so you’ll want to check with your bariatric surgery facility to see which options are available. You may also want to connect with organizations that specialize in helping bariatric patients afford their surgery, such as the Obesity Action Coalition.
Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for Me?
Gastric bypass surgery is recommended for obese patients who are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise. Your physician and bariatric surgeon may also recommend gastric bypass surgery if you have medical conditions that are related to your obesity. In general, gastric bypass surgery is recommended for patients who have:
- BMI of 40 or higher and are considered severely obese, or
- BMI between 35 to 39.9 with other complications, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure
If obesity-related medical conditions are severe enough, patients with BMIs of 30 to 34.9 may qualify for gastric bypass surgery.
Why Choose Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery typically see significant improvements in their weight. On average, patients lose the majority of their excess weight in the first year after surgery. Although gastric bypass surgery carries significant risks, many patients have greatly benefited from surgery.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery isn’t for everyone. A consultation with a qualified and experienced bariatric surgeon will give you the professional guidance you need to make an informed decision about the procedure. You should feel confident in your surgeon’s ability and at ease with your experience at the facility.
Unfortunately, for some gastric bypass patients, weight loss after surgery is not successful, or patients may regain weight. These may be signs of issues with the anatomical structures that were altered by your gastric bypass surgery. If you are unhappy with the results of your gastric bypass surgery, you may benefit from endoscopic gastric bypass repair surgery. Contact us today!
“Individual results may vary. Results are not guaranteed with this or any other procedure. Any weight loss procedure should be accompanied with nutritional counselling and an appropriate diet and exercise program.”