Gastric bypass surgery in Oxford
If you have a large amount of weight to lose and have tried everything but can’t succeed whatever you try, then weight loss surgery at Nuffield Health Oxford, The Manor Hospital could change your life forever. Read more…
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Why choose Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital for your gastric bypass surgery?
At Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital, our specialist staff and expert bariatric consultants pride themselves on treatment that considers all aspects of your health and lifestyle. Our team works with you to assess your specific lifestyle, eating habits, dieting history, current weight and medical history. Weight loss surgery is only the beginning of a programme that brings lifelong change.
If you are thinking about having gastric bypass surgery then call our weight loss experts in Oxford to book a private consultation. There you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and find out if a gastric bypass is the right weight loss surgery for you?
What happens during a 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 surgery
- 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 occur with gastric bypass surgery?
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).
Although rare, specific complications of a 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.
What other weight loss treatments are available at Nuffield Health Oxford Hospital?
If you don't think that a gastric bypass is the right weight loss treatment for you, we offer a range of other options that may be more suitable. The alternative weight loss treatments include:
Surgery can improve people’s lives, but it’s not a one-stop solution for your weight problems. Getting your body in shape takes commitment - with or without surgery, says Ahmed Hamouda, bariatric specialist at Nuffield Health Tunbridge Wells Hospital.