Once you start to consider bariatric surgery as a method of weight loss, you may be asking yourself a million questions. Below is a list of a few common questions about gastric bypass surgery.
Gastric bypass is a procedure that surgically separates the stomach into two sections: a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. Once separated, the upper pouch is connected directly to the small intestines. This procedure helps restrict the amount of food a person can take in while also affecting the way that food is absorbed by the body. It also impacts the hormones that help to decrease the feeling of being hungry.
Gastric bypass surgery, along with any other major surgery will have risks. Some risks can include:
These risk factors can occur during any abdominal surgery.
To qualify for weight loss surgery, doctors typically look at your BMI or body mass index. Body mass index is calculated by measuring a patient’s height and weight. People who are considered overweight have a BMI of 25 or over. An obese BMI starts at 30. People with a BMI of 40 or greater are typically approved for bariatric surgery. In terms of pounds, that translates to being about 100 pounds overweight. Patients who have weight-related issues can be approved with a BMI of 35. The age range to qualify for weight loss surgery is between the ages of 16 and 70 years old.
Recovery following a gastric bypass procedure can take anywhere from three to six weeks. You will be instructed to do the following:
Gastric bypass surgery and other weight-loss surgeries can decrease your weight and improve your health. With the proper care and weight management, bariatric surgeries can improve or get rid of the following conditions:
A few methods of keeping off the weight following weight loss surgery include the following:
Gastric bypass surgery cost depends on whether or not your insurance covers it. In many cases, if you meet the qualifications for the surgery, insurance will cover the costs. In most cases, it’s best to discuss the specific costs with a patient coordinator at BASS medical group.
For more information or if you are interested in learning about the next steps, start by calling the BASS Bariatric Surgery Center today at 923-281-3711 or visiting us at our website. The experts at BASS can help answer any questions that you may have. Call us today!