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Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for You?

An overweight man's stomachGastric bypass surgery is a procedure used to decrease the size of the stomach to help those who are significantly overweight achieve a healthy weight and improved quality of life. If you are significantly overweight and have been unable to manage your weight with diet and exercise, gastric bypass surgery may be right for you. During patient consultations, Drs. Fernando Garcia and David Vazquez identify gastric bypass surgery candidates. Contact our Tijuana, BC offices to receive your personalized consultation.

What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is used to surgically reduce the size of the stomach, helping to prevent those who struggle with their weight from eating as much as they are used to. Decreasing the size of the stomach allows patients to feel satiated with less food. During gastric bypass surgery, part of the digestive system is re-routed to reduce the amount of food absorbed by the body. By re-routing the digestive system and reducing the size of the stomach, patients can lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Candidates for Gastric Bypass Surgery

If being significantly overweight impacts your quality of life and health, gastric bypass surgery may help. Although gastric bypass can help patients achieve their weight loss goals, it is not intended for those wishing to lose a few extra pounds. Ideal candidates for gastric bypass surgery include those who:

  • Are more than 100 pounds overweight
  • Have weight-related health problems, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Are unable to maintain or achieve a healthy body weight
  • Are unable to achieve a healthy body weight with dieting, including medically-supervised dieting, or exercise
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) over 36 

The Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery can have life changing results, allowing patients to enjoy improved health, confidence, and mobility. Gastric bypass surgery offers many possible benefits to those who undergo this procedure, such as:

  • Alleviated obstructive sleep apnea
  • Reduced occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reversal of type 2 diabetes
  • Reduced lower back and joint pain
  • Improved confidence
  • Increased energy

The Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery

It's important to be aware of the potential risks of gastric bypass surgery and to speak to your doctor about whether or not this treatment is right for you. Some potential risks of gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Pouch stretching: After gastric bypass surgery, the stomach may stretch back to its original size over time if too much food is consumed.
  • Stomach stenosis: The area where the stomach and small intestine meet may narrow, resulting in stomach stenosis, which causes nausea, vomiting, and an inability to eat.
  • Nutritional deficiencies: Due to eating smaller amounts of food, some patients may be at risk of nutritional deficiencies as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  • Dumping syndrome: Dumping syndrome occurs when food moves too quickly from the stomach to the small intestine, causing symptoms like sweating, nausea, and fainting.
  • Gallstones: Losing weight too quickly can increase the risk of gallstones.

Find Out if Gastric Bypass Surgery Is Right for You

Gastric bypass can help those who are significantly overweight achieve a healthy BMI and improve their quality of life. To find out if you're a candidate for gastric bypass surgery, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center.

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