Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery and How Does it Work?

Gastric Bypass Surgery is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery in Turkey. In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon staples a large part of the stomach and creates a small pouch, and then connects the small intestine to the pouch. Because this small pouch can only hold a few ounces of food at a time, patients cannot eat as much as before surgery. The reconnected intestine causes the food to bypass part of the intestine, so you will not absorb some of the nutrients and calories in food. Patients subsequently lose weight.

The types of Gastric Bypass Surgery

There are 2 types of gastric bypass surgery. These are;

1.    Roux en Y Gastric Bypass

A connection is established between the small intestine and the small stomach pouch by creating a stoma. The new connection between this pouch and the small intestine is called the Roux en Y. Thus, food from the esophagus bypasses most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

2.    Mini-Gastric Bypass

In this procedure, the stomach is formed as a tube using special stapler tools. The most important difference from the Roux en Y type is that it is technically easier, and only one connection has been found. The weight loss mechanism is the same in both types of gastric bypass.

The Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery can be performed to help you lose weight and reduce your risk of weight-related health problems, including other chronic diseases, such as:

•    Heart disease,
•    High blood pressure,
•    High cholesterol,
•    Reflux,
•    Obstructive sleep apnea.

Who Can Get a Gastric Bypass Surgery

If you are considering getting gastric bypass surgery and meet these criteria, you can undergo this procedure:

•    If you cannot lose weight with BMI higher than 30
•    If you have complaints such as insulin resistance and joint discomfort due to excess weight.
•    If you have type 2 diabetes

Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Have Any Side-effects? 

The side effects can be;

•    Pain 
•    Infection
•    Bleeding

Gastric bypass surgery also has potential risks and complications like in every other bariatric surgery. These are rare and everything possible is done to prevent them from happening. The risks aforementioned can be seen especially in the first 15 days after surgery. When symptoms of complications are seen, contacting your doctor immediately shortens the treatment process of complications and affects the success of the treatment positively. Overall, make sure your doctor inform you in detail about the side effects.  

Step by Step Guide to Gastric Bypass Surgery

Before the surgery 

Patients who will be operated on are subjected to a detailed evaluation. In addition to physical examinations, endocrinology and psychiatry specialists always evaluate each patient in detail before surgery.

During the surgery 

•    Gastric Bypass surgery is performed by laparoscopic method. 
•    Surgery is performed through 4-6 holes with a 1 cm diameter.
•    In gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced in size, and approximately 95% of the stomach is bypassed.
•    A part of the stomach, divided into two by surgical methods, is attached to the middle of the intestine by bypassing the large intestine. In the other part, it continues its function by not being removed from the body. Thus, the food consumed is prevented from passing through the large intestine.
•    Gastric bypass surgery aims to ensure that the patients are full with less food and that some of the food they take is absorbed.

After the surgery

Patients are required to stay in the hospital for 4-6 days for follow-up. While discharging, your diet is planned by the dietician until the first control. During the first year, close follow-up is done by the surgeon, endocrinology, psychiatry, and dietitian. 

The Recovery Process

Since the surgery is performed laparoscopically, you can stand up and walk within an hour or two after surgery. Even during your stay in the hospital, you will not be a nursing patient; therefore, you will be able to do your self-care. Patients who work on a desk or work that does not require heavy effort can return to work within a week or 2. Patients whose work requires heavy effort should take a break from work for at least a month.

How Much Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost in Turkey?

With its strong healthcare system, Turkey is one of the top countries for medical tourism. Therefore, Turkey is a convenient destination for weight loss surgery if you think that you are considering having surgery and gastric sleeve surgery abroad.

You can leave your phone number to us on our website, and the Medco HealthCo team will contact you to draw up a free treatment plan and cost estimate.



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