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Gastric Bypass

Definition / What is this procedure?

Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a reversible weight-loss procedure which involves stapling off a section of the stomach, thereby creating a pouch and reducing the stomach size. This allows food to bypass the beginning of the small intestine, which is the duodenum and part of the jejunum. Post surgery, your appetite reduces, as you feel satiated with smaller portions of food.

Main features of Surgery

The most effective weight loss surgery as it provides the patient with great weight-loss results. It also reduces the co-morbidities of the patient over a period of time. It is a completely reversible procedure as the stapling can be removed. However, this could restore the stomach to its original size.

Who is it recommended for? (Ideal Candidate)

Laparoscopic banded gastric bypass is the procedure of choice for those who have severe acid reflux and/or high cholesterol. Patients who have suffered from diabetes for over 10 years also benefit from this surgery. This is also an excellent procedure to reduce BMI in order to achieve and maintain better weight loss. It may also be recommended to individuals who have persistent acid reflux and/or weight regain after a sleeve gastrectomy.

Dietary requirements

Every patient undergoing a bariatric surgery at Digestive Health Institute has to follow a 7-day liquid diet routine before the surgery. Liquid diets are prescribed by the bariatric nutritionists and can also be provided to you from the SoulFuel Healthy Cuisines at the DHI centre.

Post-surgery, we take complete care of you through our Win-Life Club sessions. The WL Club is a group session, which our bariatric nutritionists conduct. They educate each and every patient, at a specified time period post surgery, on how to take care and get the best results out of your weight loss surgery. Every patient has to follow a transitional diet process which spans from a liquid diet to a semi-solid diet to a complete solid diet over a span of 30 days post surgery.

Advantages of the surgery

- Reduced stomach size which results in quicker satiation levels

- Minimal scars due to laparoscopic procedure

- Reversible procedure