Weight gain is a major problem many people grapple with on a daily basis. There are several ways we try to lose weight, including exercise and dieting. When these methods are ineffective, the gastric bypass is an effective alternative and a great way to lose that extra weight.

What Is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, is a weight-loss solution that focuses on restriction. The intake of calories is lowered, so the number of calories absorbed by the body is limited and restricted.

Gastric bypass surgery helps you lose weight and keep it off. Through this procedure, the size of your stomach is actually decreased. You will feel full after eating small portions, and due to bypassed intestines, your body will absorb fewer calories.

What Are the Benefits of the Gastric Bypass?

The gastric bypass has some of the following key benefits:

• The most important benefit of the surgery is that you will lose weight.

• Due to smaller stomach size, you will be able to eat smaller portions only.

• Due to intestine bypass, your body absorbs fewer calories.

• Several medications, such as ones needed to address high blood pressure, may no longer be necessary.

• You can improve or sometimes even eradicate type 2 diabetes.

• The results of the gastric bypass are long term.

With all the benefits that the gastric bypass has to offer, it is a very appealing solution to weight problems.

How to Know If You Are a Suitable Candidate for the Surgery

There are several things to keep in mind before deciding whether a gastric bypass is the weight-loss solution for you. The following factors will help you decide if you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. If you can relate to most of them, you should consider the surgery.

• You should weigh at least 100 lbs. more than your ideal bodyweight.

• Your Body Mass Index, or BMI, should be over 40.

• You are facing health-related problems such as diabetes as a result of your weight and/or BMI.

• You have been following a diet and exercise plan suggested by your doctor but are unable to reach or maintain a stable and healthy weight.

Your surgeon will help you decide whether you are suited or not for gastric bypass surgery based on various tests and observations. Your weight and nutrition history, psychological state, age, and amount of motivation will also be considered thoroughly. You should be motivated enough to lose weight that you will follow all the guidelines of your surgeon and the post-operative instructions.

Arranging an Appointment for a Consultation

If you are feeling like it’s time to take the next step in your weight-loss journey and are considering the gastric bypass, contact our office and set up an appointment for a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll be able to speak with a well-respected surgeon who will walk you through the steps of the procedure, including preparation and post-operative care.