Gastric bypass is one of the oldest surgeries for weight loss. is considered the gold standard among the different bariatric procedures, achieves durable long-term weight loss, and improves obesity-related comorbidities. Unlike Sleeve Gastrectomy, a large portion of the stomach is not removed, Gastric Bypass makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part of the small intestine. It restricts the amount of food you can eat and reduces the number of calories (and nutrients) you absorb from food.
Gastric bypass surgery: Who is it for?
Those between the ages of 18-65 can undergo surgery. In special cases, those who are under 18 or over 65 can undergo surgery after the consent of the committee,
Those with a BMI (body mass index) over 35,
Those with a BMI between 30-35 and additionally weight related diseases (hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnoea, heart failure, metabolic syndrome, etc.)
Those who could not achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period,
Those who can handle surgery and general anaesthesia,
Are qualified for Gastric Bypass.
What are the Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Advantages of gastric bypass surgery;
It is proved to be the more effective for weight loss than sleeve gastrectomy,
Resolving of comorbidities is higher compared to sleeve gastrectomy,
It is complicated, has a slightly higher overall risk profile but it does produce more weight loss,
It helps restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold, causing malabsorption of nutrients, or by a combination of both gastric restriction and malabsorption.