Gastric Bypass Surgery Houston
UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery offers gastric bypass surgery for our Houston area patients who wish to lose up to 80% of their excess weight. This procedure helps patients lose weight by (1) reducing the size of their stomach and (2) changing how the stomach and small intestine process food. Following surgery, food bypasses certain parts of the stomach and small intestine, so the body does not absorb all of the calories consumed. Because fewer calories are absorbed, the body burns stored fat for energy, resulting in weight loss.
For gastric bypass surgery, Houston UT MIST surgeons are among the most highly trained, experienced bariatric specialists in the country, and they offer the most sophisticated minimally invasive technologies and techniques available. During your consultation, they will explain the benefits and risks of gastric bypass surgery and help you decide if it is an appropriate treatment option for you. Depending on various factors, they might recommend a different bariatric procedure such as adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND® System), sleeve gastrectomy surgery, or duodenal switch. In certain cases, an endoscopic or incisionless procedure for weight loss may be right for you. Whatever option you choose, the team of UT MIST surgeons and staff will fully support you in your decision. We look forward to helping you on your life-changing path to better health and wellness.
Gastric Bypass Surgery in Houston
Roux-en-Y is the most common form of gastric bypass surgery performed at UT MIST—and throughout the world. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption to help patients lose weight. During the procedure, your surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food you can eat. He then attaches a Y-shaped section of your small intestine directly to that pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which is responsible for absorbing calories and nutrients. A smaller stomach pouch helps you to feel full quickly and to eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means that your body absorbs fewer calories (malabsorption). The end result is gradual weight loss, as your body turns to its own stored fat for energy.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery
Most gastric bypass patients who closely follow their doctor's diet and exercise regimen can expect to lose 60% to 80% of their excess weight over the course of 18 months. At five years, this weight loss has shown to be well maintained at 50% to 70% of excess body weight.
In addition to feeling better overall and moving easily to accomplish everyday activities, gastric bypass surgery offers many potential benefits:
- Resolve high blood pressure
- Control type II diabetes
- Decrease high cholesterol
- Relieve back and osteoarthritis pain
- Resolve obstructive sleep apnea
- Improve asthma, arthritis, or acid reflux
- Relieve urinary stress incontinence
- Improve mood and self-esteem
The amount of weight lost after gastric bypass surgery is individualized. Our patients have found that much depends on your body and on how well you follow the post-surgery diet and exercise program. It’s important to remember that this surgery alone is not a solution to losing weight. You will learn to eat less, but in order to meet your individual weight-loss goals, you will need to carefully follow your doctor's and dietician's exercise and eating guidelines.
What to Expect from Gastric Bypass Surgery at Houston UT MIST
Gastric bypass surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and it typically lasts 2 to 4 hours. The procedure can be done in two different ways, open or laparoscopic, although nearly all gastric bypass is currently performed with a minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach. With open surgery, your surgeon completes the operation through a large incision in your abdomen. With laparoscopic surgery, the entire surgery is performed through several small incisions in your abdomen. A tiny camera called a laparoscope is inserted into one of those openings, enabling your surgeon to see on a video monitor the interior of your abdomen. He then inserts thin surgical instruments through the other small incisions to complete your bypass. For both types of operations, once surgery is completed, your surgeon removes all surgical implements and closes all incisions.
Recovery from Roux-en-Y Bypass Surgery
After gastric bypass surgery, most of our patients remain in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. To ensure your health and safety, you will be discharged and allowed to return home only after meeting crucial post-surgical criteria. Before your discharge, you will receive specific post-operative instructions regarding diet, pain medication, and exercise.
Our gastric bypass patients typically lose most of their excess weight during the first 18 months, and they continue to lose weight for up to 2 to 3 years. A combination of healthy eating, exercise, and behavior modification enable most of our patients to keep their weight off for good.
Risks of Gastric Bypass
All surgeries, including gastric bypass, carry risks. At the UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, we make every effort to inform patients about potential risks, some of which may include dumping syndrome, whereby food passes too quickly into the small intestine, or nutritional imbalances. During your consultation, your surgeon will thoroughly explain potential risks and answer any questions you have about this procedure.
To learn more review our Gastric Bypass PATIENT GUIDE.
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life, request a consultation online or call our office at (713) 892-5500 for more information about how you can start on your path to better health and wellness.
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