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.
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.
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:
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.
Benefits of a laparoscopic gastric bypass include:
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery is a type of weight loss surgery that reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes the digestive system, resulting in reduced calorie absorption and weight loss.
The potential risks and complications of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery include bleeding, infection, blood clots, leaks from the surgical site, and complications related to anesthesia. There is also a risk of long-term complications such as malnutrition, dumping syndrome, and hernias.
On average, patients can expect to lose around 60-80% of their excess body weight within the first two years after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery. However, the amount of weight lost can vary depending on factors such as age, gender, initial weight, and adherence to post-operative dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery is technically reversible, but the reversal procedure is complex and carries its own set of risks and complications. Reversal is typically only considered in cases of severe complications or in rare situations where the patient is unable to maintain a healthy weight.