Tuesday, October 20, 2020

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?


If you are about one hundred pounds overweight, and you have tried numerous diets that have failed you, you may want to discuss weight loss surgery options with your doctor. One of those options is gastric bypass surgery…

man being treated with surgery

Treating Morbid Obesity

Being overweight by 100 pounds means that you are morbidly obese. This means that you could die simply because you are so overweight. Morbid obesity can be treated with bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass is a form of bariatric surgery.

The Gastric Bypass Process

Once the surgery begins, your surgeon will essentially divide your stomach into two parts. The upper part will be a small section, and the bottom part of your stomach will be larger. After this is done, the small intestine is also restructured, so that both sections of the stomach are connected to it. Depending on the type of bariatric surgery you are having, this connection can be done in a number of different ways.

This procedure makes it possible to experience a fairly dramatic weight loss. The mortality rate drops by about forty percent; however the number of people who die as a result of this surgery is about two percent.

Are You Eligible?

Typically, you must be overweight by at least one hundred pounds to be eligible for this type of surgery. You could also have a BMI, or Body Mass Index of forty or greater. If you have a BMI of 35 or greater, and have related health problems, you are also eligible.

Before your surgery will be scheduled, you will need approval from your doctor, and you will most likely have to attend psychological testing as well as nutritional classes. While gastric surgery is very effective, it isn’t for everyone. If you are not eligible for the surgery, however, there are other options, such as Lap Band Surgery that your doctor may recommend.

doctor and patient

New Proposed Guidelines

Under the old guidelines, you were only eligible for surgery if you had a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35. This essentially meant that you had to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 pounds overweight.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee met and voted to lower the BMI requirements from 35 to 30. This is a difference of about thirty to thirty five pounds of weight.

Is it Safe for Lower  BMIs?

First you need to know that there are risks with any type of surgery. Lap band surgery is less risky than gastric bypass surgery, with fewer complications, but it is still risky.

The risk for those with a lower BMI is slightly higher, but when compared to the risk of the medical issues associated with being overweight, it has been decided that the guidelines should be lowered. As you can see, this type of surgery is still only available for those who are significantly overweight – and not those who just need to lose twenty or thirty pounds.

When Will the New Guidelines Pass?

It is not known exactly when or if the new guidelines will pass, but it should happen within the year. If you would like to have surgery, and you have not met the requirements in the past, now would be a good time to open a discussion about the possibility of this surgery with your doctor now.

Additionally, you need to know that the proposal included the phrase ‘…those with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have weight related medical issues.’ Therefore, if you do not have weight related medical issues to go along with the 30 to 35 range BMI, you may still be ineligible for the surgery.


Gloria Brown
Women's health and wellness retreat leader providing vacations and trips for women to get in shape -- and stay that way! On CleansePlan.com you can find my articles about weight loss, health and women's issues. Please feel free to contact me on gloria@cleanseplan.com

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