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Dramatic weight loss experienced after a gastric bypass can improve your quality of life, boost your attitude, and give you new hope for the future. Einstein Healthcare Network offers gastric bypass surgery in Montgomery County at its hospitals in Elkins Park and East Norriton.
One of the biggest advances in gastric bypass surgery is the technique used by Einstein Bariatrics - the laparoscopic approach.
This minimally invasive technique offers several advantages over traditional surgery:
Our program was the first in the region to use the da Vinci Surgical System for robotic assistance during a gastric bypass procedure. Advantages of robotic surgery include:
During a gastric bypass operation, the stomach is cut to create a small pouch. The remaining stomach and first one to two feet of small intestine are then surgically bypassed.
The unused stomach remains in your body without any long-term problems. In fact, the unused stomach produces important enzymes.
One byproduct of the procedure is less absorption of food nutrients. Lifelong follow-up with a bariatric program is mandatory to monitor and avoid complications. Your Einstein nutritionist will recommend specific supplements to prevent long-term problems.
Gastric bypass surgery can cause changes in behavior. Patients often say that they lose their old food cravings and are less hungry in general. Rarely do people feel deprived of food.
These behavioral changes are partially due to altered hormones and neural signals in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract that communicate with hunger centers in you brain.
Meanwhile, the small stomach pouch restricts how much food you can consume, and you feel full faster.
Weight loss after the gastric bypass may also be brought on by the dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome causes intolerance to eating sweets. Dumping may result in lightheadedness, flushing, heart palpitations, diarrhea and other symptoms. Some patients lose some or all of their sweet sensitivity over time.
Numerous studies have shown the gastric bypass results in long-term weight loss. Average weight loss usually peaks at 18 to 24 months after surgery, but half of all the weight loss often occurs in the first six months.
The gastric bypass can improve or cure diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, venous stasis disease, certain types of headaches, heartburn, sleep apnea and many other disorders.
Most importantly, the gastric bypass has demonstrated significant improvements in quality of health and life expectancy.
Be aware, there are significant risks to any major operation. A discussion with your surgeon is important in understanding potential dangers presented by gastric bypass surgery.
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