Why this procedure?
Sometimes losing weight is not enough, but we need something else to let our whole body know we’re about to change our lives forever. If you’ve been thinking about how hard it’s been for you to lose weight and then stick to a healthy diet, maybe a gastric bypass is for you.
This surgery will not only make your stomach smaller, but will literally change the process your food goes through before being digested, which means not only will you eat less, but also, your body will absorb less calories.
What happens during a gastric bypass surgery?
During the gastric bypass procedure, our surgeons divide your stomach with staples, making a small bag the size of an egg, which will serve as your new belly. This section of your stomach is where the food will go to now.
Then, our surgeons connect a part of your small intestine to a hole on your new belly, making it possible for the food to travel from your mouth, to your new stomach, to your small intestine. Thus, your body will absorb less calories.
Once the procedure is done, food enters through the esophagus, goes to the stomach (which in this case is the new small bag), and then passes directly to the digestive juices.
This procedure can be done through open surgery or through laparoscopy, depending on the case.
- Causes you to lose a lot of weight.
- Makes your body absorb less calories.
- Reduces the chance of other diseases related to obesity.
- Surgical fees
- Hospitalization expenses
- Anesthesia and Anesthesiologist
- Preoperative Analysis: Laboratory tests and EKG- Cardiologist Evaluation- (the EKG is perform in patients that are 40 years old and older)
- Medical Care (Nurses)
- Three months of free consultations and follow up visits after surgery
The following are consider extra expenses:
- Special compressive garment (if applicable)
- Medication (antibiotics and analgesic treatment)
- Overnight stay in Clinic or Hotel (if applicable)
Men and women who:
- Have a body mass index of 40 or over.
- Have health problems related with weight, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea.
- In some cases, patients can qualify for this surgery if their body mass index is from 30 to 34 and have significant health problems related to weight.
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Now that you’re on your way to being super healthy again and get that body you always wanted, here are a few recommendations to achieve it without any setbacks.
After the surgery, some discomfort, pain, bruising and/or swelling may appear, but the medication prescribed by your doctor will help you control it. Also, he’ll have you walking the same day of the surgery, because that’ll help release any gas and accelerate the recovery process.
Also, if any suture, bandage or compression garment were applied, a) they’ll dissolve naturally, b) they’ll have to be removed by your cosmetic surgeon or c) you may remove them yourself when he says it’s time; it depends on the case.
Don’t forget to follow your doctor’s instructions and to attend every one of your appointments. We need to work as a team to achieve the ultimate results.
(It is important to note that recovery specifications may vary depending on the procedure and the patient; your doctor will walk you through the details of your recovery process.)
When can I go back to work and resume my normal activities?
You’ll be able to return to your normal activities 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.
Can I get a tan?
It is very important to avoid long sun exposure for a considerable amount of time after the surgery to prevent pigmentation on the scars. Depending on the procedure, you’ll doctor will tell you exactly for how long you you must avoid this.
Should I consider a specific time of the year to do my procedure?
Depending on the chosen procedure, some recoveries do better on winter, while others do better on the summer time. Ask your doctor for the option that better suits your case. You should also consider periods of time in which you’ll have time to relax, like the holidays, for example.
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