Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

 

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One of the most important benefits of gastric bypass surgery is weight loss!

A research study shows that most patients lose up to 70% of their excess weight the first year after surgery. Over 15 years most patients maintained a significant weight loss. The amount of weight a patient loses and the speed at which that weight is lost varies for many reasons. Some studies show that men lose faster than women and those patients with higher BMI’s (or higher weights) pre-operatively, lose faster. Many studies reflect the fact that many patients lose up to 95% of their excess weight. How close you come to achieving your “goal weight” depends on your commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

 

 

 

 

Improved Health

Before surgery, numerous patients have serious health problems (or comorbidities) like diabetes and high blood pressure. They may take several medications and may need CPAP for sleep apnea all related to excess weight. Studies show that with significant weight loss, many patients are able to get off of all medications and experience an improvement in their overall health. Do not stop taking any prescribed medications unless your surgeon or family doctor has recommended it.

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In the chart below, from a study conducted by Dr. Wittgrove, you can see how most health problems decreased or completely resolved after gastric bypass surgery.

Comorbidity Comparison in gastric bypass

 

Condition Pre-Op Post-Op
 
GERD (Refliux disease) 269 4
HYPERCHOLESTEROL 275 8
HYPERTRIGLYCERIDE 158 1
DIABETES 85 1
GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE 50 0
STRESS INCONTINENCE 201 6
SLEEP APNEA 225 5
HYPERTENSION
(High Blood Pressure)
118 10
ARTHRITIS (symptomatic) 371 36
Total  1752 71

 

Proximal Gastric Bypass Long Term Outcomes
Alan Wittgrove, MD, FACS; G. Wesley Clark, MD

 

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flying a kiteIncreased Quality of Life

After having surgery and losing a significant amount of weight, a lot of patients have a renewed ability to enjoy life and relationships. According to the Bariatric Analysis and Reporting Outcome System (BAROS) some of the areas that could improve after surgery include:

 

 

“Only surgery has proven effective over the long term for most patients with clinically severe obesity”

 

-National Institutes of Health Consensus                               

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PATIENT TESTIMONIAL
Hi, I'm Rudy. It will be ten years on June 21, 2014 I started on a remarkable journey; I had gastric bypass surgery.
Five months before that day, I was at my primary care physician's and he asked me if I ever thought of having bypass surgery. I never gave it a thought. I was on three blood pressure medications, cholesterol medicine, and 100 units of insulin every day. I had trouble breathing, just walking up a slight grade I had to use an inhaler.
At the end of our conversation, the doctor said I would most likely have a heart attack or a stroke within five years. That was a real eye opener. I was just 53 years old and heart problems ran in the family. My Dad was 56 when he had his first heart attack. I could not lose weight. I had no will power. I kind of blamed by Mom for my weight problem. As a child I was taught to clean my plate, which I often over ate. That carried on into my adult years.
I was running out of medical insurance and wanted the surgery. All went well the first month. I went back to work and was losing weight. The second month I couldn't eat anything. The intestine scarred where it was joined to my pouch and shrunk shut. Nothing could pass through. I went from 283 lbs. To 137 lbs. in five months. I lived on banana popsicles. I got my medical insurance back; within two days I was in the hospital getting dilated. I could get food down for days then everything would shut down. I was dilated six times with no success.
I was getting for surgery to reconnect the intestine to my pouch when I got a bowel blockage. Out patient surgery took care of that problem. No more sever cramps. A month later I went in for the reconnection.
Before the surgery, Dr. Mike (Felix) remarked how calm I was. My wife was a nervous wreck; Dr. Mike was real concerned. He asked me why I was so calm. I said my wife was upset for the both of us. I had confidence in his skills; and there was nothing I could do anyhow except go along for the ride. So why worry about something you have no control over.
Surgery went well. Recovery didn't take long and I was eating real food. I've been around 180 lbs. for 10 years now. I went from a 44 inch waist to a 34 inch waist. I feel strong and I have a lot more energy.
I don't use an inhaler anymore. I'm off all my blood pressure medications, cholesterol medicine and I went from 100 units of insulin down to 20 units of insulin a day.
At my heaviest, I weighed 283 lbs. and I have managed to keep 100 lbs. off for 10 years.
One thing I've learned is that I can leave food on my plate when I'm full.
 

- Rudy



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