Best Gastric Bypass in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

What is Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a medical term that covers all types of surgical procedures for morbid obesity, not only gastric bypass surgery, which is actually only one type of operation. The dramatic weight loss resulting from these types of surgeries greatly reduces comorbidities, reducing the mortality rate of people suffering from morbid obesity by up to 40%.

Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss

A gastric bypass is a surgical procedure in which your stomach is divided into a smaller upper section and a larger lower section. Over the years, surgeons have found different ways of connecting the lower intestine to the two sections of the stomach, leading to a number of available gastric bypass surgeries. Anyone of these various gastric bypass procedures will lead to a significant reduction in the capacity of your stomach, as well as altering your body’s physiological response to food. The procedure is aimed primarily at patients who are defined as morbidly obese, meaning they have a body mass index of 40 or over.

How Does Gastric Bypass Work?

After you undergo a gastric bypass, the part of your stomach that absorbs your food will be greatly reduced in size, meaning that you will feel full after only a small meal. Your body will adapt to this, and you will absorb lower amounts of calories and nutrients. As well as reducing the amount of calories absorbed, your stomach will transmit fewer hunger signals to your brain, which will lead to metabolic changes and a greatly reduced appetite. Gastric bypass surgery is seen as the most efficient way to lose weight, although gastric sleeve procedure results are very close.

The following information is for people who are preparing or thinking about undergoing laparoscopic surgery: a method which accounts for about 99% of the gastric bypass procedures carried out today.

Your hospital stay

After a gastric bypass procedure, you will probably need to spend one or two nights in the hospital for post-surgery rest and standard medical observation.

Activity after surgery

Most people will be able to walk within three to four hours after undergoing gastric bypass surgery with many being able to resume simple tasks such as going to the bathroom almost immediately. After you return home, you should be able to carry out simple tasks around the home such as fixing meals. Over the next few weeks, it is recommended that you slowly increase your daily activity without overworking yourself.

Your Diet

After returning home from the hospital, you will need to stay on a highly nutritional liquid diet for the duration of about two weeks, before slowing adding solid foods to your meals. It generally takes about two months before you can establish a long-term solid food diet.

Your Weight Loss

Nearly 85% of patients lose at least 50% of their excess weight after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. And according to a recent study carried out at the National Institutes of Health, all of these patients manage to keep the weight off once they have lost it.

  • Gastric bypass can be slightly more effective than gastric sleeve in achieving weight loss.
  • It does not require a foreign object in the body, as gastric banding does.
  • It can be an effective long-term treatment for Type 2 diabetes and acid reflux disease.
  • Patients who have bariatric surgery, including gastric bypass, have a higher life expectancy, better health and higher quality of life than similar people who don’t.

Only about one in 200 gastric bypass patients is readmitted for treatment of a major complication. Still, every surgery carries some risk.

  • Gastric bypass is more complex than other bariatric surgeries, so more short-term complications are possible. These include leaking from intestinal connections, blood clots, bleeding, pneumonia and infections.
  • A few patients develop dumping syndrome when food moves too quickly through the digestive system. This can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea but usually goes away within a few months. This condition is also less common than many patients fear.
  • Long-term complications may include hernias, ulcers, and narrowing of the intestinal connections.
  • Gastric bypass can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Patients must take supplements and follow dietary recommendations for the rest of their lives.
  • The surgery typically is not reversible.
  • You can’t take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or use nicotine products after this surgery because they raise the risk of ulcers.

Do I Qualify For Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Because weight loss surgery is still “considered” cosmetic surgery, it can be excluded from insurance plans that are self-funded by the employer. Tell an insulin-dependent diabetic that now takes no diabetic medication after bariatric surgery that it is cosmetic surgery and see your response! I tell patients in my seminar that we do not do surgery so you look better and feel better. We do weight loss surgery so you live longer and live better. In keeping with the ASMBS position statement for low BMI patients, we believe the 1991 NIH criteria that insurance companies use to determine who qualifies for weight loss surgery is out-dated. We also agree that obesity is a chronic disease and that earlier intervention is associated with greater long term success. Therefore, we will provide the appropriate self-funding candidate a surgical option for BMI >30 with co-morbidities, especially with a strong family history of diabetes or metabolic syndrome. All of our insurance candidates must have a BMI of 35.

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Our Gastric Bypass Surgeon

Dr. Westmoreland has had many years’ experience in the field of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries and is considered an expert in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He did his first sleeve gastrectomy in 2007 and has done 100’s since then with one leak and one death. As well as our lead surgeon Dr. Westmoreland, we also have a highly skilled team at the Murfreesboro Surgical Specialists that will assist you in your long-term journey of successful weight loss. Our non-surgical team consists of psychologists and dietitians to assess patients and help them with their long-term goals.

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