Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric Bypass Surgery in Los Angeles, Irvine, and Riverside, California
Living with obesity can be a daily struggle. Day-to-day activities that other people take for granted can be difficult or even impossible—sitting in a booth at a restaurant, climbing stairs, getting on an airplane, or playing with your kids, for example. Eventually these daily discouragements can add up to serious frustration, disappointment, and even depression.
If your problem with obesity is keeping you from fully enjoying life here in LA, it may be time to talk to our board-certified bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya about laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery.
Get Your Life Back with Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Be honest with yourself. Is this the life you always wanted to live? Are you happy with your present and feeling optimistic about your future? If your weight is getting in the way of both your health and your happiness, it’s time to get serious about making a change. You may have tried to lose weight before without success, feeling like years of bad habits and family history have stacked the deck against you.
Especially if you have inherited a tendency toward obesity, the deck truly is stacked against you. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery can be your opportunity to turn the tables on obesity, giving yourself an advantage you’ve never had before. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery drastically reduces the size of your stomach, helping you feel full faster so you can eat less. Bariatric surgery can do what willpower can’t do—reduce your cravings and help you feel truly satisfied with smaller portions.
Healthy Living after Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
Reading our patients’ weight loss surgery success stories may make gastric bypass surgery seem like a miracle cure for obesity. However, our successful patients got where they are today through hard work and dedication to healthy eating habits and regular exercise.
There is no magic treatment for obesity; a low-calorie diet and vigorous physical exercise are still the only healthy way to lose weight.How laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery works is simply to help you do what you have always wanted to do—break the cycle of overeating that is holding you back from being the person you want to be.
You already want to be healthy. Gastric bypass surgery can help you get there by allowing you to feel fully satisfied with smaller portions instead of feeling hungry all the time as with dieting alone.
Even if you are still deciding whether gastric bypass surgery is right for you, go ahead and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahiya or Dr. Stephen Russell Kerr. One of our bariatric surgeons will be able to answer all your questions about gastric bypass surgery and give you an explanation of the recovery time for gastric bypass surgery.
If you are ready for your journey toward a healthier life to begin today, please contact our board-certified Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Dr. Shyam Dahiya to schedule your gastric bypass surgery consultation at our office near Orange County and Riverside, California.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Works
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.
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.