Gastric Bypass (RNY) Options
Gastric bypass (RNY) , with the support of WorldMed Assist, is accessible at high caliber hospitals in the US and abroad. We generally choose medical facilities certified by JCAHO or the Joint Commission International (JCI) for partnerships. In addition, the international hospitals work in co-operation with medical facilities in the US, such as Johns Hopkins and Harvard Medical, to achieve excellence in medical care. Our medically educated case managers are trained to facilitate your treatment with a personal approach appropriate for your specific circumstances.
Most importantly, we provide you with a personal touch from start until well after your procedures are completed.
Options for quality gastric bypass include:
- Gastric Bypass in the US
- Gastric Bypass in Mexico
- Gastric Bypass in Costa Rica
- Gastric Bypass in India
- Gastric Bypass in Belgium
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Gastric Bypass (RNY) Surgery
First, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. Rarely, a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) is performed to avoid the gallstones that may result from rapid weight loss. More commonly, patients take medication after the operation to dissolve gallstones.
Gastric Bypass (RNY) Preparation
As part of your Gastric Bypass (RNY) preparation you will fill out a detailed bariatric specific questionnaire, which will allow the doctors that we work with to determine your eligibility for Gastric Bypass (RNY). If you are not ready to make lifestyle changes (and have not tried hard to do so already), you will not be considered eligible for the procedure. After hospital admission, you will receive psychological advice. This will help you adhere to a healthier lifestyle. Without changing your lifestyle, the surgery will not be a success. You will also receive nutritional counseling before (and after) your surgery.
Gastric Bypass (RNY) recovery
Most people typically stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after gastric bypass surgery. Your doctor will approve your discharge to home once you can do the following:
- Move without too much discomfort
- Eat liquid and/or pureed food without vomiting
- No longer require pain medication given by injection
You will remain on liquid or pureed food for several weeks after the surgery. Even after that time, you will feel full very quickly, sometimes only being able to take a few bites of solid food. This is because the new stomach pouch initially only holds a tablespoonful of food. The pouch eventually expands. However, it will hold no more than about one cup of thoroughly chewed food (a normal stomach can hold up to one quart).
Upon follow up, your doctor will determine if you need replacement of iron, calcium, vitamin B12, or other nutrients. Supplements, such as a multivitamin with minerals, will be prescribed to provide any nutrients that you may not be getting from your diet. This lack of nutrients can occur because you are eating less and because the food moves through your digestive system more quickly.
Once your diet begins to consist of more solid food, remember to chew each bite very slowly and thoroughly.
You will be instructed on eating small meals frequently throughout the day, rather than large meals that your stomach cannot accommodate.
Your new stomach probably won’t be able to handle both solid food and fluids at the same time. So, you should separate fluid and food intake by at least 30 minutes and only sip what you are drinking. You won’t be able to tolerate large amounts of fat, alcohol, or sugar. You should reduce your fat intake, especially fast food meals, deep-fried foods, and high-fat foods, as well as high-sugar foods like cakes, cookies, and candy.
Exercise and the support of others (for example, joining a support group with people who have undergone weight loss surgery) are extremely important to help you lose weight and maintain that loss following gastric bypass. You can generally resume exercise 6 weeks after the operation. Even sooner than that, you will be able to take short walks at a comfortable pace, with the approval and guidance of your doctor. Exercise improves your metabolism, while both exercise and attending a group support can boost your self-esteem and help you stay motivated.
The weight loss results of gastric bypass surgery are generally good. Most patients lose an average of 10 pounds per month and reach a stable weight between 18 and 24 months after surgery. Often, the greatest rate of weight loss occurs in the very beginning (that is, just following the surgery when you are still on a liquid diet).
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Dr. Lopez Corvala, Weight Loss Surgeon