THE SEVERITY OF OBESITY
Obesity is not light matter. It is not just an aesthetic issue faced by some. Obesity is a killer. Gastric bypass surgery is recommended when a person has a BMI of 35 and above and suffers from obesity-related disorders. This surgical technique changes the way the digestive system of an individual looks and functions, thereby altering the fundamental way in which he or she consumes food.
SAVING LIVES THROUGH SURGICAL INTERVENTION
Dr. Val Prokurat and his team of staff at NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions are highly-qualified medical practitioners, with years of experience in performing gastric bypass surgery NJ is becoming well known for. Schedule a consultation with our team today.
If you’re also interested in learning about other bariatric surgeries like the gastric sleeve surgery or the gastric band conversion surgery, you can speak to Dr. Prokurat or a member of our New Jersey gastric bypass team.
IS GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?
Gastric bypass is not just a procedure for anyone who wants to lose weight; it is typically done for someone who is morbidly obese or has a serious medical complication from their weight such as Type 2 diabetes. It is only recommended when all other methods of weight loss fail to provide the result the patient wants and needs.
It is also important to note that the gastric bypass surgery isn’t an instant fix for obesity and weight problems. It’s merely a way to assist people who have a difficult time maintaining their weight with diet and exercise. On top of the surgery, you must continue to eat a healthy diet and follow a rigorous exercise routine to ensure that you remain at the weight you desire.
HOW DOES GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
The gastric bypass surgery technique limits food and keeps it from being absorbed completely. This surgery is the most frequently performed bariatric and metabolic procedure in the United States. This technique alters the complex relationship food and its metabolism has with your body. This positive change helps reset your body’s ability to manage weight effectively. The surgery allows the body to set a new, lower, and healthier body fat set point.
First, your surgeon will have a frank conversation with you during the consultation to understand whether the gastric bypass surgery is the right choice for you or not. Next, he will prescribe the general anesthesia to be used and the surgical approach he will be using. At the NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions, we recommend patients choose the laparoscopic surgical technique using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Once everything is set, the doctor gets started on the surgery. He will first make a tiny incision on your body, through which he will insert the telescopic probe and the telescopic instruments.
The surgeon then uses staples to divide the stomach into two parts – one smaller than the other. By stitching the small, top part of the stomach, he creates a stomach pouch that significantly reduces the overall stomach size and the amount of food it can hold. Typically, the stapled stomach can hold .3 liters of food, whereas an unstapled stomach is capable of holding up to 4 liters!
This pouch is now surgically attached to the middle of the small intestine, thereby bypassing the rest of the stomach (the bottom larger section) and the upper portion of the small intestine (duodenum).
THERE ARE THREE PRIMARY ADVANTAGES OF PERFORMING GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY:
- The smaller the stomach size, the more quickly the patient feels full, which reduces food intake.
- Bypassing a part of the intestine limits calorie absorption.
- Our gastric bypass NJ specialists also produce positive metabolic changes in many organs as a result of surgical anatomic manipulation.
The entire surgery takes 2-3 hours to complete, and patients will need to stay in the treatment center for 2-3 days after the procedure. There are a few things to expect after the surgery:
- Slight stomach pain for about a week.
- Some tenderness around the incision.
- Vast change in dietary habits (feeling full very quickly).
- Rapid gastric emptying, or irregular bowel movements with diarrhea and nausea.
- Easy dehydration.
- Deficiency in iron, calcium, magnesium and other vitamins.
It is important to get your dietary instructions from your physician after the surgery. Ideally, you should start by consuming mainly a liquid or soft food diet and slowly work your way back up to solid foods. You should stay hydrated and avoid straining your bowel movements, as this can add a lot of unwanted stress on your stomach and small intestine.
Since the surgery will be done laparoscopically, scars will be minimum and will disappear within a month or two. Most people go back to work after two weeks of recovery, but they are advised not to do anything that can be physically strenuous.
- Limits the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal and reduces the desire to eat.
- Allows the body to adjust to its new, healthier set point.
- Average excess weight loss is generally higher than with gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy.
- No postoperative adjustments are required.
- An analysis of clinical studies reported an average excess weight loss of 62% in 4204 patients.
- Shown to help resolve type 2 diabetes (68%), high blood pressure (66%), obstructive sleep apnea (76%), and to help improve high cholesterol (95%.)
In a study of 608 gastric bypass patients, 553 maintained contact for 14 years; the study reported that significant weight loss was maintained at 14 years.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED?
Every surgery has its fair share of risks. In this surgery, because the duodenum is bypassed completely, poor absorption of iron and calcium can result in the lowering of total body iron and predispose the patient to iron deficiency anemia. Women should be aware of the potential for heightened bone calcium loss. Kidney stones and gallstones, nausea, vomiting and hernia, are other risks that a patient may be vulnerable to.
However, Dr. Prokurat and his New Jersey gastric bypass team have performed gastric bypass surgery on hundreds of patients, and they have the expertise and skill needed to ensure you receive the best possible results. Additionally, our da Vinci® Surgical System affords our surgeons the greatest visualization in the surgical field, not to mention, excellent control and high level of movement & flexibility; all of which make for safer surgeries.
RESTORE YOUR VITALITY WITH GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
Many of the risks of the gastric bypass procedure can also be prevented through proper recovery. Always follow your physician’s recovery instructions and contact them immediately if you face any issues. Our team is always here to help you with anything you need. Feel free to contact us for more information.