Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

An Introduction to Gastric Bypass Surgery


Obesity, once seen as akin to laziness and overeating, is now understood as a complex disorder having to do with genetics and hormonal as well as lifestyle factors. People seem to have very different energy requirements; some can eat half as much as others and weigh the same.

By some estimates, as many as 20% of Americans are obese with 6-10% classified as morbidly obese (having a body mass index of 40 or greater, or being more than 100 pounds overweight), a health problem with severe consequences that can include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obstructive sleep apnea, degenerative arthritis, breast and colon cancer, psychosocial problems, and more.

As obesity becomes more recognized as a national problem, more and more treatment options are becoming available when simple dieting and increased exercise do not work. One of these treatments is Gastric Bypass Surgery, a form of bariatric surgery, which gets its name from the Greek words for "weight" and "treatment."

In normal digestion, food moves through the digestive track from mouth to anus while digestive juices and enzymes work to absorb calories and nutrients. From the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach), food arrives in the stomach to be broken down by gastric acid. An average stomach can hold from 3 pints to 1 quart of food at a time. From the stomach, food travels through a sphincter to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, where many important nutrients are absorbed. What remains then passes through the rest of the small intestine where more nutrients and calories are absorbed until the waste reaches the large intestine where it is stored until elimination.

Gastric bypass surgery alters this process in two ways, by restricting the amount of food the can be held by the stomach and/or reducing the ability of the body to absorb calories by eliminating part of the small intestine from the digestive process. These procedures are called restrictive and malabsorptive respectively. The most common procedure today is called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and it is a combination-form of gastric bypass surgery that both shrinks the stomach and bypasses a portion of the small intestine.

Gastric bypass surgery is a lifeline to those morbidly obese who are facing severe health problems. It involves the shrinking of the stomach by stapling or banding to allow less room for food and the bypassing of part of the intestine responsible for absorbing calories as well as nutrients. The result is that patients who undergo the operation lose weight because they both eat less and their bodies absorb less of what they eat.

The benefits of gastric bypass surgery are extensive and prolonged weight-loss resulting in significantly lowered risks of hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions related to obesity. The risks involve surgical complications, nutritional deficiencies resulting in problems like anemia and osteoporosis, and "dumping syndrome," which is an unpleasant reaction that often occurs when patients who have undergone gastric bypass surgery eat a meal high in simple sugars or fats.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Info provides comprehensive information on procedure, recovery, cost and complications relating to standard, laparoscopic and mini surgeries. Gastric Bypass Surgery Info is the sister site of Bariatric Surgery Web.


MORE RESOURCES:

Weight loss
The Economist
SHEDDING kilos is harder than putting them on, which is why the weight-loss industry is so big. Its latest manifestation is online weight-management sites: social networks for the plump in which participants can set a target weight and monitor their ...



WPVI-TV

Bryn Mawr College weight loss e-mail sparking controversy
WPVI-TV
Rudrani Sarma, a junior at the college, says she recently received an e-mail inviting her to take part in the school's weight loss program. Most of the students on that distribution list received it because they had higher than average body mass indexes.
Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss TipsJezebel
Email from Bryn Mawr College weight loss program sparks protestsMain Line
Email stirs 'fat shaming' controversy at Bryn Mawr CollegePhilly.com
New York Times
all 45 news articles »


Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan Quick Guide
eMaxHealth
Are you curious about the Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan diet, but just don't have the time to sit through the videos to figure out if this is the right diet for you? Well here is a quick guide on his diet plan that will help you determine if ...
DR. OZ SHOW to Put a Little Love In Your Heart This FebruaryBroadway World

all 2 news articles »


International Business Times AU

Weight loss through bariatric surgery
WJXT Jacksonville
BARIATRIC IS A MEDICAL TERM FOR DEALING WITH OBESITY, PAIRIAT TRICK SURGERY ARE OPERATION WE DO TO PROMOTE WEIGHT LOSS, IT IS THE NUMBER ONE TREATMENT FOR OBESITY. IT IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT.
New Zealand May Overtake US And Mexico As 'Fattest Nation'International Business Times AU
Slim pickings for obese Australians needing bariatric surgeryThe Saturday Paper (subscription)

all 4 news articles »


Weight loss is all about goal setting
Citizens Voice
The holidays are long gone, and now we face the inevitable — diet season. If you've been there, done that, how about doing something different this year: Set some goals. Goal setting is critical to accomplishing any task. Is it possible to reach a ...



WRAL.com

Consumer Reports: Weight-loss supplements not worth the risk
WRAL.com
Weight-loss supplements that promise quick results are all the rage. In fact, it's now a billion-dollar industry. But supplements claiming to "burn fat fast" could impact health in a negative way over time. Ingredients in many of them include green ...



WTVD-TV

Fitness experts share the benefits of joining a weight loss challenge
WTVD-TV
If your New Year's resolution was to lose weight but you've been having a hard time getting motivated, you might want to think about joining a weight loss challenge, similar to the one that's currently underway at Orangetheory Fitness studios in the ...



11 Solutions for Your Weight Loss Challenges
Huffington Post
Helping people live healthier lives is my thing. I rounded up the obstacles to weight loss I hear about most often and share my solutions for each below. But let me start with this: You are not fighting this weight loss battle alone. Lots of people ...



Yahoo Health

5 Unhealthy, Even Dangerous, Weight-Loss Diets
Yahoo Health
Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, says this is in no way a viable weight-loss option. “This is an incredibly dangerous and unhealthy weight-loss option that could potentially be deadly,” says Palinkski-Wade. “Not only would this lead to serious nutrient ...



Wesley surgeons offering additional weight loss surgery
Hattiesburg American
In addition to the previously offered gastric banding procedure, Dr. Duncan Donald and Dr. Wesley Girod now offer laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, a restrictive surgical weight loss procedure that reduces the size of the stomach, limiting food intake ...
How to Love Your Body After Weight LossShape Magazine

all 2 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.