Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric Bypass Surgery, Brighton
What is a Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass surgery in Brighton is a type of weight loss surgery (also called ‘Bariatric Surgery’). Bariatric surgery aims to reduce the patient’s food and/or calorie intake via operations on the upper digestive system (particularly the stomach), which physically and psychologically affect the patient’s approach to food.
A gastric bypass involves dividing the stomach into two “pouches”, and connecting the smaller top pouch directly to the small intestine, allowing food to “bypass” most of the stomach.
This means that fewer calories are absorbed by the stomach, and due to the smaller space, the patient feels full quicker. As a consequence, they eat less.
What does it involve?The amount of food a patient can eat is limited by creating a small pouch in the upper stomach and dividing it from the rest of the stomach. This can either be done by creating a partition (which runs the risk of the stomach healing and returning to its pre-operative function) or by totally separating the two parts. The small intestine is reconstructed so that both parts of the stomach drain into it, rather than just from the bottom of the stomach. The surgery is often laparoscopic, i.e. using small incisions to insert a small camera and specialised surgical equipment to perform the operation without cutting the patient open.
How long does it take to recover from Gastric Bypass surgery?
If the surgery is done laparoscopically, the patient may stay in the hospital for 2-3 days, and should be fully recovered in 3-5 weeks. Recovery time will be longer if open surgery is performed.
How much weight will you lose?
On average, following gastric bypass surgery patients lose 60% of their extra weight.
Studies have shown it also significantly reduces the risk of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) progressing to type 2 diabetes.
How do I book the procedure with you?
The first step would be to book an initial consultation with me, to discuss your options and decide whether a Gastric Bypass is right for you. You can make an appointment directly with me using the following link: