So you are considering to have Gastric bypass Surgery or you know someone who is. The main question is it safe?Gastric bypass surgery has two main types, the first is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, in-short RGB. This operation is the most common gastric bypass surgery performed in the U.S. First a small stomach pouch is created by stapling part of the stomach together or by vertical banding. This limits how much food you can eat. Nexta Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the duodenum as well as the first portion of the jejunum. This causes reduced calorie and nutrient absorption. This procedure can now be done with a laparoscope (a thin telescope-like instrument for viewing inside the abdomen) in some people. This involves using small incisions and generally has a more rapid recovery time.
The second is Extensive gastric bypass (biliopancreatic diversion): In this more complicated gastric bypass operation, the lower portion of the stomach is removed. The small pouch that remains is connected directly to the final segment of the small intestine, thus completely bypassing both the duodenum and jejunum. Although this procedure successfully promotes weight loss, it is not as widely used because of the high risk for nutritional deficiencies.
The question is are they safe? Well according to most medical journals there are many risks that one will undertake. All to which usually are covered by the Physician or surgeon that will perform this procedure. Web MD gives a complete list to these risks and the symptoms. Do risks mean that it is not safe? Well if your heart is not working properly, a bypass is not unsafe it is a choice to live or die.Usually you are given the choice to receive these medical breakthrough surgeries. Remember the candidate for a procedure such as a heart by pass has already done extensive damage to their heart by poor lifestyle or a birth defect and this is a life saving event. The same goes with the Gastric bypass. It is not for everyone and it will affect everyone differently. That is physically, mentally, emotionally. You have to be prepared for it. If all goes as planned in just as little of a year one may be smaller than they have all their life and lost in upwards of 50 to as much as 100 plus pounds. Of course precautions are eminent. There is a lifestyle change at hand. One cannot go on doing and eating the things that may or may have not contributed to obesity. Without going into too much more detail with medical mumbo jumbo and such, one just has to make a decision on how they want to live, and how long they wish to live. As far as safe the procedure is safe it depends on the individual how it will affect them. The AMA (American Medical Association) would not allow the procedure to be done if it were not safe, but it is not for everyone. There really is no debate here some have died and others have been really sick afterward for a long time. The question is what do you need to do to fix the problems that have made you consider this extreme change. If you choose to remain Obese it is clear that you are not safe.