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Many people set weight loss as an important goal. There are many different approaches one can take to lose weight. In some cases, exercise and dieting may just not be enough. For people who find it hard to lose this excess weight through physical exercise or restrictive diets, gastric bypass surgery may prove to be the solution they have been looking for.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric procedure that physically alters the size and shape of the stomach. Under this procedure, a small pouch is created in the stomach, which is then connected directly to the small intestine. The stomach is now smaller which means patients feel fuller faster and cannot eat as much as they used to which significantly decreases their calorie intake.
A gastric bypass allows people who are at serious health risk due to their weight to get the opportunity to reduce the likelihood of experiencing those health issues. Since this procedure also decreases food cravings and calorie absorption, it can help to make it easier to maintain a healthy weight after surgery.
How It Is Done
Gastric bypass surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Sousa will start by dividing the stomach into two sections. The upper portion of the stomach will be cut into a small pouch. After this, the pouch will be connected to the small intestine, allowing the food to travel directly into the intestine.
Gastric bypass surgery is done in two ways. One way is through open surgery, where a large cut is made along the abdomen. Another method is to perform the procedure laparoscopically by creating 5 to 6 smaller incisions and placing a camera through them into the belly.
Recovery and Expected Results
A gastric bypass always takes place in the hospital and you can expect the doctor to thoroughly examine your physical state before and after the procedure. Patients can expect to stay in the hospital for a day or two after the surgery.
You will not be able to eat solid food for some time to allow your stomach to heal. A special diet will need to be followed to help transition from liquid to solid foods. The patient might take a few weeks to completely recover from any discomfort associated with the surgery. The recovery period can be difficult for some, but our team will provide you with thorough instructions for post-operative care as well as the support you need to transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost
The cost of your gastric bypass surgery will vary based on the techniques used and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Sousa will go over what to expect during and after your procedure and let you know what the expected cost of your gastric bypass will be. Insurance and payment options can also be discussed.
Schedule a Consultation
Contact Detroit Weight Loss Doc today to schedule a consultation for your gastric bypass surgery in Detroit. Dr. Sousa is a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon who is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our patients. He can provide you with the outstanding surgical care you need.