Gastric Bypass Surgery: What You Should Know

Gastric Bypass What To ExpectA gastric bypass surgery will help you lose weight by limiting the amount of food you need to eat before feeling full. A gastric bypass will also limit the amount of calories your body absorbs from the food you eat.

This revolutionary procedure has been helping people who have health problems caused by obesity, and has been advancing technologically with the use of Robotics and other innovations.

Most patients must try to lose weight on their own by exercising and dieting, but when these options fail and their health is negatively affected, a Melbourne Fl gastric bypass surgery may be necessary.

Preparing for Surgery

To prepare for your surgery you will need to follow all directions made by your doctor. These might include refraining from taking aspirin or stopping smoking before the surgery is performed. Perhaps the most important preparation you can do is preparing your home for the recovery period.

Place frequently used objects in a place that won’t require you to reach too far for them. Make sure you have plans in place to deal with any concerns and phone numbers at your convenience just in case you need to call with questions.

Gastric bypass surgery is usually recommended for people with serious health problems as a result of obesity – such as Diabetes. After your surgery, you will need to diet and exercise frequently. If you follow the advice of your doctor, your weight problems will be a thing of the past.

The Surgery

There are two ways to conduct a gastric bypass surgery.

  • An open surgery
  • Laparoscopy

An open surgery is when the surgeon uses a large surgical cut to open up your tummy and works on your stomach and intestines to perform the steps of the surgery.

Dr. Velarde has fellowship training for Laparoscopic surgery; which is a minimally invasive surgery with less recovery time.

Laparoscopy uses a small camera and tiny surgical instruments to perform the bypass. Small cuts are made in your belly instead of one large cut, which allows for less pain after surgery and a shorter recovery period.

After Your Surgery

The hospital stay after your surgery is typically 3 to 5 days. Staying in the hospital after the surgery allows the medical staff and doctor to ensure no infections are occurring and you are recovering properly. The surgery itself can take as little as an hour.

It is common for people to lose 10 to 20 pounds per month after the completion of the surgery. Keeping the weight off is directly correlated to the patient’s commitment in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise are almost always a part of your post-operation plan – your doctor will want to make sure that you are sticking to his recommendations.

Dr. Velarde practices at the Advanced Surgical Weight Loss Institute in Melbourne, Florida, and ensures an easy and comfortable experience from pre-op to post-op. His experience is unrivaled – having performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries with the most cutting edge technology.