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What Is Gastric Surgery
Gastric bypass : Well, i've done a few thousand, and the only regret i here patients say is that they wish they had done it sooner. People are often back to work at 2 weeks after surgery. I just saw a 19yo patient who is 9 months out and went from 255lbs to 155lbs. She was crying because she is so happy with her weight loss and how good she feels. It's hard work, and not a magic bullet, but you will be happy. ...Read more
Heart surgery.: Bypass surgery is an operation in which surgeons create a bypass to allow blood to go around blockages in the arteries. To accomplish a bypass, surgeons use a graft - a blood vessel from the leg or chest. With the graft in place, blood can now flow freely to the heart muscle, bypassing the blocked or narrowed section of the artery. A week's stay in the hospital is usually necessary afterwards. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
More bypassed bowel: This is a weight loss operation that's similar to standard gastric bypass, except that the amount of intestines diverted is longer than typical. In this operation, the stomach is divided and a small pouch of stomach is connected to a portion of the small intestines (the jejunum), thereby skipping over the rest of the stomach and duodenum. "long-limb" referrs to how much intestines is skipped over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Operations: In terms of ultimate weight loss, the bypass would be #1 followed closely by sleeve. The band would be a distant third. For fixing problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, the ranking is the same. Sleeves are a good option for someone without diabetes or heartburn. For a sleeve, we remove 80-85% of your stomach, so that your stomach ends up being a tube. ...Read more
New device: This is a new, surgically implanted device that consisted if a bracelet of small magnets that are wrapped around the valve between the esophagus and stomach. The magnets open when food goes through, and "close" when at rest. No long term results yet. Early results reasonable. Insurance plans may not pay for it. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Minimally invasive.: In the laparoscopic surgery technique multiple 0.5-1 centimeter incisions are made in various areas of a patient's abdomen. A thin camera and operating instruments are then placed in access ports through the incisions, allowing surgeons to complete procedures which would have required much larger incisions in the past. This has led to smaller scars, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Major surgery: Significant rerouting of the plumbing. It is a combo restrictive (make a small stomach pouch) and malabsorptive (shorten effective absoptive capacity of small bowel). "centers of excellence", with ample experience (not the occasional bypass operator) reasonably safe track record. Can have significant complications at and after surgery, short and long term. Balance risk/benefits of surg or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please help! what is the difference between gastric bypass surgery, stomach stapling and gastric band surgery?
Bypass and band: Lap band is the safest and is reversible which attracts a lot of patients, but failure rates are high, it is easy to cheat, weight loss is slower. Bypass is the gold standard, been around for 50yrs, results in the greatest weight loss, highest cure rates for diabetes, but has a higher risk. Stomach stapling can mean many different things. You probably mean sleeve gastrectomy, also good, the newest. ...Read more
See reference: A picture is woth a thousand words. http://www.obeseinfo.com/bariatric-surgery-comparison-chart.htm ...Read more
.: Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small bowel before digestion start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cost of bypass: That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places. ...Read more
Depends on behavior: A roux-en-y gastric bypass can be quite effective in weight loss if it is part of a multi-modality treatment process. This can include support, diet, exercise, as well as the surgery. Your doctor can guide you in finding a qualified bariatric program, but you must be willing to accept that such a procedure is not the end, and you will have to actively participate in your recovery. Good luck. ...Read more
Bypass problems: Hard to answer without knowing your problems. Constipation would be from not drinking enough. Abdominal cramps, smelly stools/gas may be from bacterial overgrowth. Upper abdominal pain may be from an ulcer in your pouch. Left upper abd pain may be from an internal hernia. You should see your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreas resection: The whipple procedure is an operation where the head of the pancreas is removed. In doing this the duodenum, gallbladder, distal bile duct and sometimes part of the stomach is removed. All theses structures are closely linked to the head of the pancreas. The gut then has to be reconstructed. The small intestine is attached to the stomach, remaining pancreas and bile duct. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Gastric bypass: The the bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations. It's been around for over 50 yrs and is a proven operation. It is the best in terms of overall weight loss. It is a safe operation but should only be done by an experienced gastric bypass surgeon. There are many lap band surgeons out there, but few are good gastric bypass surgeons. I have recommended bypass for family members. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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