Obesity can cause a host of health problems such diabetes, sleep disorders, heart disease and cancer. For patients who have been unable to lose 100 pounds or more on their own, gastric bypass surgery at Franciscan Health is a step towards better health and a longer life.
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Gastric Bypass Surgery: The Most Common Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, is only recommended if you cannot lose a large amount of weight and keep it off by dieting, changing your behavior and exercising alone. In general, adults who have more than 100 pounds to lose or have more than 80 pounds to lose and conditions such as diabetes can benefit from bariatric surgery.
About the gastric bypass procedure
Franciscan Health offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery - the most commonly performed bariatric procedure. During gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created at the top of the stomach using a plastic band or surgical staples. The "new" stomach is then connected directly to the middle of the small intestine, allowing food to bypass the rest of the stomach and upper portion of the small intestine. The stomach empties through the pouch and directly into the small intestine, where digestion now takes place.
By making the stomach smaller and allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine, patients feel full more quickly. As a result, fewer calories are consumed and absorbed, leading to weight loss.
da Vinci® robot-assisted gastric bypass
If your doctor recommends surgery to control your weight, you may be a candidate for da Vinci® gastric bypass surgery - an effective, less invasive option for weight loss surgery. For most patients, robotic-assisted gastric bypass can offer numerous potential benefits over open abdominal surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- A faster return to normal daily activities
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While robotic-assisted gastric bypass is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
Robot-guided gastric bypass surgery is only available through the Midwest Bariatric Institute at Franciscan Health Dyer.
What to expect after gastric bypass surgery
Most people lose about 10 to 20 pounds a month in the first year after surgery. Weight loss will decrease over time. Sticking to your nutrition and exercise plan will help you lose and maintain your weight. You may lose half or more of your extra weight in the first two years. Losing enough weight after surgery can improve many medical conditions, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
To lose weight and avoid complications from the procedure, you will need to follow up with your bariatric surgeon as directed and follow the exercise and eating guidelines that your doctor and dietitian have given you.