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A Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a surgical weight loss procedure that involves a combination of restrictive and malabsorptive surgical techniques to attain the desired weight loss goal.

By introducing malabsorption, food’s interaction with bile and pancreatic secretions, which facilitate nutritional absorption, is delayed, hence leading to significant weight loss among individuals who are deemed obese.

The laparoscopic gastric bypass is one of several advanced surgical weight loss procedures offered by the Weight Loss & Bariatric Unit at Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital Dubai.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Procedure

During the procedure, which is performed under general anesthesia, the surgeon makes several small incisions in the patient’s abdomen then inserts a laparoscope and small surgical tools into the incisions.

Using a laparoscopic stapler, the doctor makes a small stomach pouch with the upper part of the patient’s stomach. He/she then divides the upper part of the small intestine into a tube with two ends by using the stapler.

The Roux limb, which is the small intestine’s upper end, is taken up to the stomach pouch where a small link, or anastomosis, is formed. The small intestine’s other end is then joined to another section of the small intestine. The surgeon might then perform an upper endoscopy or a dye study to check for leakage.

What happens after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery?

After the procedure, the patient might stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days. You will then be advised by the doctor about wound care, safe pain medication, and the appropriate time to begin physical activity.

After being discharged from the hospital, the patient is informed to immediately notify the doctor if he/she begins to experience the following:

  • The wounds become painful or hot to the touch or leak fluids.
  • Fever
  • Coughing or trouble breathing
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Pain in the abdomen, chest shoulder, or legs

Possible Risks of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Procedure

Like all major surgeries, gastric bypass also carries certain risks that can be minimized by ensuring your choose an experience surgeon using the latest techniques and technology.

  • Some patients who undergo GBP procedure can develop metabolic bone discomfort, height loss, a humped back, and hip and rib fractures.
  • Due to the duodenum being bypassed, low levels of total body iron and a predisposition for iron deficiency anemia might arise from poor iron and calcium absorption.
  • A lack of vitamin B12 can lead to chronic anemia, which can usually be addressed with vitamin B12 supplements.

Benefits of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Benefits of a laparoscopic gastric bypass include:

  • Excessive weight loss.
  • This weight loss can average 77% of the excess body weight one year after the procedure
  • Long-lasting weight loss
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