Considering Gastric Bypass Surgery? Important Questions to Ask Yourself
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Bariatric surgery refers to surgery performed on the stomach and/or intestines to decrease the amount of food that can be consumed and, as a result, to help a person with extreme obesity lose weight. Adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass are the two main types of bariatric surgery. In adjustable gastric banding, a reversible procedure, insertion of a band restricts the size of the opening from the esophagus to the stomach. The size of the opening to the stomach determines the amount of food that can be eaten. Gastric bypass is a permanent reduction in the size of the stomach in which a small pouch is created from the proximal portion of the stomach and attached to the intestine in a location that bypasses about 2 feet of normal intestine. The amount of food that can be eaten is limited by the size of the pouch and the size of the opening between the pouch and the intestine.
If you're interested in bariatric surgery (gastric bypass or gastric banding), the following questions can help you decide if this type of procedure might be of benefit for you.
If you want to learn more about bariatric surgery, talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to a bariatric surgeon who can help you decide if this type of procedure is right for you.
REFERENCE: eMedicine, Bariatric surgery.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014
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