Gastric bypass at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital
A gastric bypass is a weight loss surgery procedure that uses both restrictive and malabsorptive elements. The result is you simply cannot eat as much and thus you absorb fewer calories. Read more…
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What happens during gastric bypass?
- A gastric bypass is performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between two and four hours
- Your surgeon will usually use laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery
- They will make several small cuts on your abdomen
- Your surgeon will place surgical instruments along with a telescope inside your abdomen to perform the operation
- Your surgeon will create a tunnel behind your stomach
- They will pass a stapling device through the tunnel and then staple your stomach to create a smaller stomach pouch
- They will divide your small bowel below your stomach and bring up the lower end and attach it to your new stomach pouch
- The contents of your new stomach pouch will now bypass the rest of your stomach and the first part of your small bowel.
Going home after gastric bypass
- You should be able to go home the day after your procedure
- Your stomach may be sore and you may experience nausea or vomiting
- These symptoms should ease quickly
- You will start with a liquid-only diet, progressing to soft food and then to solid food
- Due to nutritional deficiencies created by gastric bypass you may need dietary supplements for the rest of your life
- Some patients experience “dumping syndrome” if they eat the wrong foods; resulting in nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
- You should be able to return to work after two to four weeks depending on the extent of surgery and your type of work
- Many patients experience rapid weight loss in the first 6-9 months following gastric bypass
- It is important that you maintain any diet or exercise programme prescribed in order to continue this progress.
What complications can happen?
General complications of any surgical procedure may include:
- Infection of the surgical site (wound)
- Unsightly scarring
- Developing a hernia in the scar
- Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
Specific complications of gastric bypass may include:
- Damage to internal organs
- Surgical emphysema
- Developing a hernia near one of the cuts
- Pouch stenosis
- Staple-line bleeding
- Anastomotic leak
- Developing a hernia inside the abdomen
- Change in bowel habit or diarrhoea
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Anastomotic ulcer
- Developing gallstones
The decision to have gastric bypass surgery must be considered very carefully. Our experienced consultants and bariatrics nurses can give you all the information you need.