As time passes by, more and more interventions and treatments are being discovered in order to fight obesity. Obesity, as we all know could do a lot of harmful effects to our health. This is actually one of the major causes of diabetes and heart attacks. These days, there are already millions of people worldwide who are suffering from this condition. Because of this, advanced treatments such as surgical procedures are already very possible to combat obesity. A common and popular example of this is the gastric bypass surgery.
What is gastric bypass? Gastric bypass is an invasive procedure that involves the reduction of the size of the stomach in order to decrease it storage capacity for food. This management works since the lesser the room for food, the lesser the cravings will be. Once this intervention is made, the person will feel the feeling of fullness even only after a small amount of food intake. This then results to lesser calorie intake thus reducing the chances of more fat tissue buildup. In order for us to know in detail about this kind of procedure or intervention, we must be aware about the different facts before and after the operation. This will help us determine whether or not gastric bypass is the solution to our obesity problems.
Before the said procedure, we must sign first a consent form regarding the different facts and processes of the operation. This form will also be a proof or a documentation which prevent lawsuit problems. It is important for us to read and sign a consent form since this explains to us the different pros and cons of undergoing the procedure. Gastric bypass is also not recommended for all obese patients. Good candidates for this surgery must have a BMI of 40 and above. BMI or Body Mass Index is a measurement in order to classify which category our body belongs. This includes underweight (<20); normal weight (20.1 to 24.9); overweight (25 to 29.9); mild obese (30 to 35) and moderate morbid Obesity (35 and up). This is the reason why we must first know which category we are in to know whether we could submit ourselves for surgery. Hours before the operation, patients are also instructed to do fasting. This prevents bowel complications or problems during the procedure.
After the procedure has been performed, critical observation is being done in order to check whether complications and problems such as bleeding are present. Usually post major operated patients take about several weeks to months in order to completely recover from the surgery. It is also recommended to have modification of diet plans in order for the body especially the stomach to adapt with the new physiologic and anatomic structure of the digestive tract. Vitamin and mineral supplementation is also suggested since there are vitamins that are being absorbed by the stomach which can’t be absorbed by other organs of the body. Aside from these important post operation reminders, it is also very helpful to have a great support system such as our families and friends. Receiving great and tremendous support from significant others could actually hasten the recovery period. This in return could reduce the risk for further development problems and complications.
These are just some of the things that we need to know regarding the gastric bypass, before and after. It is important for us to keep in mind that experiencing wonderful and awesome things also entails facing great risks, challenges and sufferings.