Gastric Bypass Before and After
Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss procedure which involves dividing the stomach into two sections so that a person feels full much quicker after consuming food. It provides similar benefits to lap band surgery. Following a gastric bypass upper part of the stomach is divided into a smaller section leaving a larger part for the lower pouch. The small intestines are then connected to both stomach pouches.
Surgeons have developed a few ways to perform this procedure. The operation is mainly prescribed for persons who suffer from morbid obesity (people with a body mass index of over 40), hyper tension and/or sleep apnea and are unable to achieve weight loss on their own and have tried everything otherwise. Usually there are drastic changes in weight after this surgery; this is why it has become so popular among obese people. The mortality rate of people who have undergone a gastric bypass has been studied and seen to be at around 90% less 5 years following the surgery. Statistics between 2005-2007 have shown that 0.5% of patients have died from their gastric bypass due to post-operative complications.
Before and after photo
Harriett has a gastric bypass with outstanding results as you can see on the after photo. The after photo is a year after the gastric bypass was installed. She is very happy with the outcome and does not regret going in to surgery to have the bypass.
Before the procedure
Prior to your gastric bypass you may have struggled with excessive weight for years on end without results or been yo-yo dieting. You may have tried every diet out there including the Subway, Atkins, SureSlim, Optifast and Lipoban diets but to no avail. The key when having a bypass is to tell as little of your friends and relatives that you’re undergoing this operation so that when you lose a dramatic amount of weight they will think that you did it all by yourself. One of the problems obese people suffer from is emotional eating because food tastes so good and it makes them feel better about themselves when they are down not realizing they are in a state of depression and low confidence because of their weight. If you have any type of diabetes (especially type 2) or high blood cholesterol level than this is the procedure for you. All patients who are expected to undergo the operation will be examined by a physician and will be given guidance on how to prepare their body for the procedure for optimal results and to lower any chance of a complication.
Things you should do to prepare yourself
- Stay away from alcohol and all types of drugs so that your body can adapt to the new change easily and naturally.
- See a doctor to check your vitamins (such as zinc, iron and B12) so that your body is strong and ready for an operation of this sort and won’t react badly to it.
- Take to get off any narcotics a while before the procedure.
- Try to absorb proteins such as eggs, fish, meat, poultry and protein powders.
- Get into a regular sleeping pattern so that after you have the surgery your body can easily heal during sleep.
- Eat healthy and the right amount.
- Think about life insurance prior to having the surgery in case of any complications.
Risks, complications and side effects
There are several complications which can result from the operation and you should be weary of how you are feeling and pick up on the slightest abnormality your body is going through. Have a doctor’s telephone number in case if any of the following happen.
Some complications may or may not include
- Feeling cold – If you are feeling cold it could be a result of not eating enough food but if it isn’t consult your doctor and try to warm yourself up until you feel comfortable.
- Generally feeling sick – If you are feeling sick whether it’s the flu or stomach cramps see a doctor as soon as possible because you could quite possibly have an infection and not know it and detecting this sort of serious symptom is crucial.
- Tired all the time – If you’re feeling tired unlike prior to the surgery you may have not caught up on sleep, lacking essential vitamins, not eaten enough food or even your hormones might be out of whack. In any case consult your physician and he should do a blood test to determine any abnormalities.
- Feeling like you’re bloated all the time – Most likely scenario here is that you ate too much but in the worst case the doctors during the procedure tightened your upper stomach too much and it needs to be loosened a little, if you think the case is sever speak to a qualified doctor who knows about gastric bypasses ASAP.
- Feeling dizzy – If you’re feeling dizzy all of a sudden it may be due to the narcotics your surgeon prescribed you after the surgery so you don’t suffer from pain. If you have come off the drugs and this has come up all of a sudden than find someone close to you to stay with you and drive you to the doctors so he may examine you and possibly prescribe you something.
After the operation
Post-surgery you will be prescribed medication to assist you with pain and most likely antibiotics to stave off any chance of infection. You will notice that you feel less hungry most of the day after eating and please try consuming little portions at a time until you can safely judge how much you can eat before you feel bloated so you don’t injure yourself especially following the procedure. If you stick to eating small portions at a time you should expect to see weigh loss results within the first week if you manage to stay away from junk food and other fatty foods such as deep fried goods. Within a few months more than 90% of gastric bypass patients see positive weight loss results and it really is that easy. Within two to three months it is possible for an overly obese person to lose 20kg or 45 pounds if you diet correctly.
The cost of a gastric bypass can range anywhere between $20,000 and $35,000 depending on which clinic/hospital you have it done at and whether your health insurance covers you for the entire or partial cost. In some states within the USA (United States of America) a gastric bypass operation is covered by Medicaid and it would be in your interest to do a little research for this in your state. Simply emailing Medicaid could give you a simple answer. Below is a list of fees which are included in the entire procedure.
Breakdown of surgery fees
- X-rays and pre-operative lab results.
- Your surgeons fees.
- Hospital/clinic stay fees.
- Post-operative care (usually three months).
- Vitamins and minerals.
I have always been a big guy. Ever since I can remember, I was always bigger than my friends and classmates. The family diet consisted of largely deep fried and processed foods. We are a big family. I’ve now gotten married and my wife (who is also quite large) and I decided to start living healthy and eating right. We did this for about two years and I just couldn’t shake my habits. I was doing better but not enough to really make a difference. After my gastric bypass I feel great. I’m eating much less and I’m not even hungry. It’s really changed my life and given me that much needed push.
Submitted by Michael on March 20, 2012
Watch the story of Corey who started his journey at a size XXXXXL. Following gastric bypass surgery, you can see a slideshow of his transformation which eventually reduced his weight down by 164lbs.
More before and after photos
Khai has a gastric bypass and within 6 months he has lost a serious amount of weight. He has almost reached a healthy weight compared to his obese weight before 6 months. Well done Khai, we hope you can hold it off.
Tia lost a massive amount of weight a year after her gastric bypass was installed. Good on you Tia, we hope you can hold it off and continue to lose weight becoming as healthy as possible.
Malinda lost a huge amount of weight after two years when her gastric bypass was installed. She never regrets having it done to this day and says it was one of the best things she has ever done. Well done Malinda.
Katy a year and a half following her gastric bypass surgery. Well done Katy for shedding so much weight. We all hope you can keep it off for as long as possible.
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