Monday, October 31, 2016

Gastric Bypass Surgery Benefits And How It Saves Lives

By Karen Stewart

The epidemic that is morbid obesity is bound to have many ways of curing. While some may say that this is a condition that can be prevented with discipline, many factors come into play that cause obesity. Genetic make up can contribute to this and that cannot be controlled. Sometimes immediate solutions are necessary, such as surgical intervention.

There are many types of bariatric surgery. Most states have 25 to 29 percent of obese adults and New York is one of them. This is at a national average per state. This make Gastric Bypass Surgery such a sought after procedure.

A GBP operation is essentially dividing the stomach into two parts, the small pouch and the large pouch. The intestine is then set to connect to the larger stomach pouch. This is how the volume of the stomach is reduced altering its ability to process food at lower volumes. This results to a drastic change in how the body responses to food.

There is about a substantial loss to excess body fat, which is the more apparent effect of the procedure. Hypertension at a 70 percent and sleep apnea are also relieved at the rate of 75 percent. Type 2 diabetes and the likelihood of patients having it is effectively reversed at 90 percent.

There is a study that claims that 89 out of a hundred patients who go through gastric bypass are live over 5 years after the procedure compared to those that did not undergo the surgery. Since most surgeons would prefer minimally invasive laparoscopic methods, recovery becomes faster since the wound is small. There is a general improvement in the quality of life due to a more active lifestyle and increased physical participation.

The mortality rate for this operation can be compared to the 3 out of a thousand rate of deaths that can happen with gall bladder removal. With a so many benefits, there has to be a catch. The sudden change can cause side effects such as nutrient deficiency and an adjustment period to the emotional withdrawal from the relationship the patient has with food.

Complications for these procedures can go to 14 percent at most and for open surgery methods. These numbers are pretty optimistic considering the number of things that it can cure. Eating habits also change in favor of the patient since they will lose the need to eat more than necessary.

Surgeons give diet specifications after an operation as alternating as a GBP. Post gastric bypass patients are not able intake the same amount and the same kinds of food. But typically they would not want to because of the how the operation side effects causes nausea to certain types of food. Supplements are required for iron, calcium and protein and other necessary nutrients. Another possible side effect are ulcers due to the increase of acid producing cells. This is usually dealt by acid reducing medication.

Major operations like the GBP is a life changing procedure. On the bright side, it definitely cures morbid obesity and gives the person another chance to live an active lifestyle allowing them to participate in daily activities better. Their dependence on food will also be cut down to a healthier amount.

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