Questions about Gastric Bypass Surgery
Q: What are the age and BMI requirements for gastric bypass surgery in Los Angeles?
While there is no specific age limit for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, the risks and complications of weight loss surgery increase with age, especially for patients older than 65. Gastric bypass surgery for patients under 18 is controversial, but may be appropriate for teenagers with morbid obesity.
To qualify for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35-39.9 combined with a serious obesity-related health problem like diabetes or hypertension. However, the FDA may soon expand the requirements for LAP-BAND® surgery to patients with a BMI over 30 and weight-related health problems.
To find out if you qualify for gastric bypass surgery, try our online BMI Calculator. If you are unsure whether you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, schedule a weight loss surgery consultation with our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya.
Q: How long does the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery take?
Most gastric bypass patients are able to resume their daily activities in 6-8 weeks. However, the length of recovery time for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery depends significantly on your overall health and your body’s ability to heal. Dr. Dahiya uses the latest in laparoscopic surgery techniques to make bariatric surgery less invasive, which helps to reduce the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery. Nonetheless, you should plan on having at least two months before vigorous activity and on following post-surgery dietary restrictions on solid foods.
Q: What are the differences between LAP-BAND® surgery and gastric bypass surgery?
LAP-BAND® surgery and gastric bypass surgery use different methods, but both are designed to reduce food intake and encourage weight loss. LAP-BAND® surgery uses a gastric band, which cinches around the stomach to create a small section that fills up quickly and empties slowly. This is how LAP-BAND® surgery works to help you feel full faster and eat less.
In laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, on the other hand, Dr. Dahiya seals off a small pouch of your stomach, then connects it directly to your small intestine via an opening called a stoma. Dr. Dahiya uses an innovative technique for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgerythat is actually named for him, the Dahiya Vertical Micropouch™. In your bariatric surgery consultation, Dr. Dahiya can explain in detail exactly how gastric bypass surgery works.
Q: What lifestyle changes are needed after gastric bypass surgery?
Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery helps you feel full after eating smaller portions, which can help you lose weight. However, you must also be committed to a healthy diet and plenty of exercise if you want to be successful in reaching your goal weight and staying there. Dr. Dahiya and our nutrition specialist Dr. Jose Mari-Elacion will help you stick to your post-surgery weight loss program with monthly follow-up sessions for a year after your surgery.
If you have more questions about laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in LA, please contact our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya to schedule your weight loss surgery consultation at our office in Lakewood, California.