Friday, January 3, 2014

Gastric bypass surgery - things you always want to know

Gastric bypass surgery


Of the many queries we receive regarding various surgical procedures, weight loss surgical related ones ranks top. Obesity has turned into a national health epidemic in many developed nations. Thanks to the advancements in medicine and increased awareness among public, not only do we consider obesity ‘a disease’ but also have developed scientific methods that can efficiently curb the issue at its root. Gastric bypass surgery, one of the most popular weight loss surgeries, is a true blessing to many of us who suffer from morbid obesity. 

How does Gastric Bypass surgery work?


Gastric bypass surgery alters your normal physiological response to food. It does this by reducing the volume of your stomach. The bariatric surgeon divides the patient’s stomach into two parts and connects the upper part with the lower small intestine. The lower part of stomach is sealed off from the upper region. The patient naturally feels ‘full’ with less food since his/her stomach has been practically reduced in size to a great extent.
Also, since a large part of the small intestine is bypassed where absorption of the calories/ nutrients happen, very few calories get absorbed into the body resulting in a massive weight loss.

gastric bypass operation in India


How is the recovery like? Is it too painful?


Pain and discomfort after the surgery are normal which are controlled with medications. Few people also feel dumping syndrome which usually go away with time. But these mild unwanted after effects subside soon as you follow the doctor’s instructions.

How much weight loss happens? In what time?


Most patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery experience dramatic weight loss within the first six months. The weight loss period can go up to two years. You can expect to lose upto 80% of your excess weight in the first two years of the surgery. Apart from the obvious improvement in the quality of one’s life, patients report an almost miraculous recovery from many previously diagnosed ailments like hyperlipidemia, essential hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux diseases, lower back pain, joint pain, venous thromoboembolic disease etc.

Who is a candidate for Gastric bypass surgery?


Gastric bypass surgery is recommended in patients with morbid obesity. Morbid obesity is a term used to infer condition in which Body Mass Index (BMI) of patients is 40 or above. People who are suffering from other diseases that accompany obesity like diabetes, sleep apnea, joint pain, high cholesterol etc can even undergo the surgery with BMI more than 32.

Following Diet restrictions:

After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, patients are strictly advised to be on a liquid diet. A typical diet regimen include clear broth and diluted fruit juices for the first week and  a blended sugar free diet for the consecutive two weeks. Even after the diet restrictions are removed, you will notice that where previously you could gulp in an entire cup of food in a single sitting, your hunger cravings have significantly reduced post gastric bypass surgery.


Because of reduced food quantity, patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery can develop nutritional deficiencies like anemia and osteoporosis. It is essential that you listen to your doctor’s advice and religiously take the requisite supplements and undergo periodic blood tests.


Gastric bypass surgery, as you would have understood by now, is a complicated surgical procedure and needs to be one under the skilled hands of an experienced Bariatric surgeon. We can help you find many such efficient surgeons in India, at prices much less than in your home countries. Feel free to talk to us.

IndiCure is the most renowned provider for weight loss surgery in India. With hundreds of happy clients from over 30 countries, we understand your expectations. You can write to us at info@indicure.com or call us at +91 9818 462127 or + 91 93200 36777 or talk to us at Skype@IndiCure.