Obesity is currently a health issue being addressed by multiple organizations who promote a healthy lifestyle or healthy living. This disorder involves the body having too much body fat thus increasing the risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and especially high blood pressure—when an individual is too obese they have a tendency to have weight related diseases. Changes in diet, eating habits, physical activeness, and lifestyle or behavioural choices can make a difference such as losing a substantial amount of weight. Prescription medication or surgical procedures for weight-loss are options to consider when one wants treatment for obesity.
What is gastric bypass surgery?
This is a surgical procedure involving the alteration of an individual’s stomach and small intestines that handles the food intake which denote that after surgery the stomach will smaller by dividing it into two sections thus making the patient feel full without eating too much. Generally, there are two steps involved in this surgery, first is making the patient’s stomach smaller by using staples in dividing the stomach into two parts with a smaller upper section and a larger bottom part. The top part or section is called a pouch which has the approximate size of a walnut that will hold 1 ounce of food.
The second step is known as the “bypass” which involves the surgeon connecting a small part of the small intestine to the smaller part of the stomach or the pouch through a small hole or incision. The food the patient intakes now travel directly from the pouch and into the smaller intestines denoting that your body will absorb fewer calories.
This surgery can be done in two ways, either by open surgery which the surgeon makes a surgical cut along the belly to open it up or by laparoscopy that uses a small camera being inserted to the belly and as well as the surgical instruments through small incisions made in this area. If you are still unsure of what is gastric bypass surgery, it is best to ask your doctor about this topic before going through with the procedure.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Now that you have an overview of what is gastric bypass surgery, just like all procedures there are multiple benefits to be gained. Aside from losing weight, this surgery helps in the correcting hyperlipidemia which is the abnormal increase or levels of lipids in the blood. This procedure also aides in eliminating type two diabetes among patients, and furthermore this surgery helps in preventing the development of pre-diabetes.
Improving obstructive sleep apnea and reducing of snoring among patients is also another benefit. Lowering of back pain and joint pains have been proven to be typically relieved or improved in a majority of the patients, alleviation from venous thromboembolic disease such as the swelling of the legs has also been seen among patients.
If you are still unsure whether you are going to push through with this type of procedure or not, doing research and consulting experts or patients who have already undergone this procedure is the best choice for information.