Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is a common bariatric procedure which promises a successful outcome to the patient. Figures point to a rapid weight loss after surgery; studies show that people with diabetes or a very high cholesterol, will significantly improve their health situation after the operation.

Gastric bypass is a surgery that connects the esophagus directly to the small intestine and in fact does away with the use of the stomach.

There are quite a few physical consequences and therefore it is desirable that it be carried out only by a skilled experts. Surgeons at Herzliya Medical Center will ensure you the best results and a speedy recovery as soon as possible.

To know more about gastric bypass surgery, we have assembled for you important facts and information that will help you prepare for the process, which could change your life completely.

Bariatric surgery including gastric bypass surgery is one of three irreversible surgeries in the battle against obesity. Like the other bariatric surgeries, this operation is only suitable for someone with a BMI over 35, or a BMI of 30 joining to other diseases related to physical condition.

How is bypass surgery conducted

The process includes bariatric surgery - the size of 20 or 30 cc only - and its total bypass. Namely, the stomach remains in the body, and not removed as a sleeve gastrectomy.

The surgeon creates a small pouch and attaches the small intestine to the pouch you will be limited to the amount of food you’ll be able to absorb and begin to use your fat in your body for energy.

Reducing the ability to absorb food, brings a substantial loss of weight and brings with it physiological changes, including a significant reduction in the production of the hormones responsible for hunger. Thus, within a year, the proportion of the patient is reduced at a rate of 60-70% and remains stable over time.

Gastric bypass advantage

Part of the stomach is to perform an initial breakdown of food and move it to the small intestine, where most digestion takes place. Gastric bypass 'saves' a large part of the digestive process, which ensures that most of the food intake is not absorbed, and therefore does not affect almost nutritionally.

How to prepare for gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is performed under general anesthesia and is considered to be relatively complex. It lasted two to three hours and requires a gradual recovery, depending on medical advice. However, it is important to know the steps to be performed before undergoing surgery, to make the process easier. Two weeks before the date of surgery, you must go on a low-carb diet. The day before surgery you should consume only liquids (soups, juices, tea and ice cream), and especially drink plenty of water. On the night before surgery, fasting has to undergo a full course.

Recovery and examination of the effects of surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is done by a minimally invasive method that allows a faster recovery, but still requires two or three days in the hospital. Once the anesthesia wears off, the patient will begin a minimum consumption of fluids and will adjust to absorbing of less food.


During the first week, even after discharge from the hospital, should continue only liquid food consumption. Further criticism was timed to ensure proper recovery and advise on matters of nutrition, so important after gastric

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