Gastric bypass surgery shrinks the size of your stomach so you cannot eat as much as you used to, helping you lose weight. The surgeon will reroute or bypass part of your digestive system so you do not absorb as much food.
Risks of bypass surgery include:
Weight-loss surgery may be an option if you are very obese and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise. Gastric bypass surgery is not a quick fix for obesity; it will drastically change your lifestyle. After this surgery, you must eat healthy foods, control portion sizes of what you eat and exercise. If you do not follow these measures, you may have complications from the surgery and poor weight loss.
Always discuss the benefits and risks with your surgeon.
Your surgeon will ask you to have tests and visits with other physicians before you have this surgery. Some of this include:
If you smoke, you should quit several weeks before your surgery, and do not start smoking again after. Smoking slows recovery and increases the risks for problems.
Tell your surgeon
Most patients stay in the hospital for 1 to 4 days after surgery
In the hospital: