WHAT IS GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY?
Gastric bypass surgery refers to a surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower "remnant" pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both. It is generally done laparoscopically, which means surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques to reduce the size of the stomach and permit food to bypass part of the small intestine. This reduces the amount of food patients can eat at one time, limits food absorption and is associated with favourable hormonal changes. The procedure results in weight loss and, ultimately, remission or improvement of the patient’s diabetes.
IS LAPAROSCOPIC GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY RISKY?
Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery for patients with type 2 diabetes was once considered a high- risk procedure. But a new study shows that complication and death rates for the procedure is comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries. Researchers of a new study found that the surgery is as safe as other surgeries done laparoscopically such as gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, partial colon resections, hysterectomy, heart surgery and total knee replacement.
Research also showed that gastric bypass patients had significantly better short-term outcomes in all examined variables compared to laparoscopic colon resections.
DO THE BENEFITS OUTWEIGH THE RISKS?
Some of the benefits are:
- For patients with type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass procedures can have a nearly immediate effect. Sometimes patients walk out of the hospital without medications.
- There’s significant weight loss, diabetes improvement or remission, and a relatively low complication and mortality rate.
- In addition, earlier intervention with metabolic surgery may eliminate the need for some later higher-risk procedures to treat cardiovascular complications of diabetes.
- Metabolic/bariatric surgery procedures, such as gastric bypass, are the most effective and longest-lasting treatment for morbid obesity and co-morbidities including diabetes.
At KIMS, one of the best gastric bypass surgery hospitals, we offer a wide range of weight loss surgery procedures to help you attain a healthier weight, including weight loss surgery for type 1 diabetes. Our bariatric surgery specialist Dr. T. Lakshmikant is an expert at all kinds of obesity surgery as well as fat reduction surgery. We have a longstanding reputation for excellence and innovation in bariatric surgery.