If you are considering laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery to combat obesity, it is important to understand both how gastric bypass surgery works and the lifestyle changes needed after your weight loss surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery is a serious operation, and our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya will help you feel comfortable and confident in your decision. He will explain all the possible risks and complications of weight loss surgery as well as the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Helps You Eat Less
Have you tried to lose weight before, but just couldn’t stick to a diet? Part of the difficulty people with obesity have in losing weight is that years of bad eating habits make dieting a difficult, frustrating process.
You try to eat smaller portions and healthier food, but you just feel hungry all the time. You may do well for several days, then break down and stuff yourself just to finally feel satisfied. It’s a vicious cycle, but you can break it. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery can help you actually feel full after eating a small, healthy meal without that irresistible desire to overeat.
The way gastric bypass surgery works is by drastically shrinking the size of your stomach to around 10% of its original size. Your gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Dahiya creates a small pouch at the top of your stomach, which fills up after you eat about half a cup of food. Once that pouch fills, it sends a signal to your brain that your stomach is full, which takes away the feeling of hunger.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Helps You Lose Weight
In addition to helping you limit your portion size, laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery keeps your body from absorbing all the fat and calories in your food. After creating the pouch, Dr. Dahiya connects it directly to the small intestine using an advanced Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery technique that is now named after him, the Dahiya Vertical Micropouch™.
Because food passes through your small intestine more quickly, your body has less time to absorb the calories and fat before the food enters the large intestine. This effect is called malabsorption, and further contributes to weight loss.
While both portion restriction and malabsorption are definitely helpful for losing weight, getting to a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)requires more than bariatric surgery alone. Before you can have gastric bypass surgery, you must already be committed to cultivating healthy habits, especially good nutrition and plenty of exercise. In other words, your goal must be to get healthy, not just to get thin.
Dr. Dahiya and our nutrition specialist Dr. Jose Mari-Elacion will help you stick to your post-surgery weight loss program and monitor your progress with monthly follow-up visits for a year after your gastric bypass procedure.
To learn more about changing your life with gastric bypass surgery and a healthy lifestyle, please contact LA laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeon Dr. Dahiya today to schedule your bariatric surgery consultation at our Lakewood, California office near Los Angeles.