“Laparoscopic gastric bypass” is a technique by which the stomach is left with a capacity of 15 to 30 ml and is connected directly to the small intestine. As a result, food skips a large segment of the small intestine, reducing absorption of calories and nutrients. Furthermore, due to the small size of the stomach, the amount of food that one is able to eat is reduced and you feel satiated with less while beginning to lose weight.
This is currently one of the most commonly practiced surgeries for severe obesity. It is considered to be one the surgeries with the best results, and one that least affects the quality of life for the person who undergoes the surgery.
Who is the ideal candidate, and who is not?
Doctor Ruiz Orellana, specialist in General Surgery and the Digestive System at HC Marbella advises that this type of surgery is not for everyone. Saying that: “Ideal
candidates for gastric bypass are those that fit the following conditions”:
Gastric bypass presents numerous advantages:
Rapid weight loss. On average a loss of 60-70% of the excess weight. It is considered to be a success if at least half of the excess weight is lost, although in some cases, patients regain a part of the lost weight. No surgery is successful for 100% of patients.
Gastric bypass offers great advantages that speak for themselves, however one must remember that it is important to know that this surgery is associated to a malabsorptive component, which requires the restoration of some minerals and vitamins, typically iron, vitamin B12, requiring greater nutritional control.
Furthermore, as the surgery is a mechanic medium to control food, the cooperation of the patient is needed to adapt their lifestyle to the new conditions presented by the surgery and commit to a diet program that covers their nutritional and vitamin needs.
Once a balanced weight is achieved (not predictable in advance), the body readjusts to the new intake and self-maintains the weight.
The Nutrition Centre at HC Marbella will create a personalised diet program to cover your nutritional and vitamin needs, but you will have to commit yourself to maintaining healthy eating habits.
One of the main factors for a successful gastric bypass is the firm commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
If you, or someone close to you, is severely obese, please consult HC Marbella. We will carefully study you case in order to help you stop obesity from negatively affecting your life and the life of those around you. You will be in a relaxed, comfortable, and modern environment that will help you feel at ease from the start.