Is Gastric bypass surgery-an end to Obesity?

Today I came across a patient, who was asking me questions about Gastric bypass surgery. And I thought I should share it with my readers too.

Gastric Bypass surgery is not a joke and should not be taken lightly at all. Morbid obesity is sometimes treated surgically, mainly in people with BMI of 40 or BMI 35 with other risk factors.

Various surgical procedures have been used to decrease the amount of food entering or being absorbed from the G.I. tract. The current surgery of choice “gastric bypass” physically reduces the capacity of the stomach from bottle to small glass size. The size of the stomach is reduced by applying rows of stainless steel staples to partition the stomach and leaving a small pocket.
In recent years, gastric bypass surgery has become increasingly popular in the West. Within a year, patients lose more than 60% of their excess weight. Last year in the United States alone, more than one lakh patients underwent this operation.

However, experts caution the gastric bypass is a major surgery and should not be undertaken lightly.

Reasons to fail?

  • The operation fails in 15% of the cases;
  • 7% of all cases of complications such as blood clots in the lung, pneumonia, infection, leakage from the reshaped intestinal tract; and
  • one out of hundred cases may die.

Surgeons recommend gastric bypass surgery only in cases where obesity is a huge problem

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Sanjana Shenoy

About Sanjana Shenoy

A dietitian from Mangalore, India. A post graduate diploma holder in “Dietetics” and a university topper from Welcomgroup School of Hotel Administration from the prestigious Manipal University. At present working as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India. Consultant for corporates like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.

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