Gastric Bypass Surgery

bypass surgery

I am not the type to tell you what to do or make decisions for you, quite honestly, I won’t even make you feel bad about your decisions when it comes to wanting to lose weight, because at the end of the day; you will ultimately do what YOU want to do.  BUT, I have this topic that popped up and someone wanted me to discuss it because they wanted me to share my opinions/thoughts and share some knowledge with some of you who may be interested in this surgery known as the “gastric bypass surgery”.  For some of you who may not know what this particular surgery is, it basically takes fat from your body; but it has its pros and cons and it isn’t for EVERYONE! believe it or not, this surgery has stipulations that need met before you can just throw your hands up and get on the operating table. 

Firstly, I will share my opinion about this surgery.  In my opinion it is a “quick fix”, an “escape from having to take the long road”, a way for people to “start over”, causes more problems than helps (in some cases), and distracts people from wanting to correct their lifestyle before having to get to the point where this is their only option.  I feel as though reality TV shows give people this idea that this surgery will solve all their issues and everything will be the way they want it to be; when in fact, it leaves out the important information like the aftermath.  I will not say, it doesn’t do what it is supposed to do, but it has so many cons that the pros in my opinion don’t really matter so much when I have to think of how many people actually leave the table alive and come out from the surgery.  The truth of the matter is, the surgery is not 100 percent when you are gabbling your life and don’t know the outcome.  Yes, most serious surgeries all have a risk of you dying on the operating table, I do realize this; but this particular surgery isn’t something that EVERYONE should run to when they get too deep and decide their weight is now a problem. This surgery can be avoided if people would take action before having to get to this point, this surgery can be avoided if people would first try losing weight the “old fashioned” way if possible before raising your hand; this surgery can be avoided if people were more patient and didn’t want “results now” and were willing to take slow steps to the finish line because weight loss isn’t a race.   Now in the same light, I do believe that certain circumstances should allow someone to get this surgery; especially if they are unable to walk or function/do their daily routines because of their weight and health.  Again, I am not here to preach and keep you from making your own decisions in life, I am here to help guide you, inform you, and be supportive while you are on your fitness journey.  No matter what route you decide to take in wanting to be healthier; I want you to know I am here for you.

Here are a few things to know about this surgery:Gastric bypass surgery refers to a surgical procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.

  • It will greatly change your lifestyle
  • Recommended if your BMI is 40 or more, if your BMI is 35 and over and you have developing health issues that require you to lose weight
  • can have allergic reactions to medicines during surgery
  • Develop breathing problems during surgery
  • bleeding, blood clots and infections can happen during surgery 
  • Gastritis could happen (inflammation of the stomach lining), heart burn, or stomach ulcers
  • Injury to the stomach or other organs during surgery
  • leaking from the line where parts have been stapled together
  • poor nutrition after surgery (people will choose to eat what they ate before the surgery; in thinking it won’t effect them)
  • scarring inside your belly that could lead to a blockage in your bowel in the future
  • vomiting from eating more than what your stomach pouch can hold
Before you can start the procedure:
  • A complete physical exam has to be done
  • blood test, ultrasound of your bladder, among other test to make sure you are healthy enough for the surgery
  • visits to your Dr, to make sure any other health conditions you may have are under control
  • Nutritional counseling
  • classes that help you understand what happens during the surgery, after the surgery and the risk and problems that could potentially happen afterwards
  • You may need to speak with a counselor to make sure you are emotionally ready for this surgery
If someone is a smoker they will need to stop smoking several weeks before surgery and will not want to smoke after surgery because it can slow recovery and causes health issues.
Tell the surgeon or nurse:
  • If you are or might be pregnant
  • what medicines, vitamins, herbs, supplements that you take and even the ones that are not prescription
During the week before surgery:
  • You may be asked to stop taking medicines that make it hard for your blood to clot
  • ask the doctor what drugs you should continue to use up to the day of your surgery
  • Prepare your home for after surgery
On the day of surgery: 
  • Follow instructions on when to stop eating and drinking
  • take the drugs the doctor told you to take with a sip of water
  • Arrive to at the hospital on time
After the procedure:
Most people will have to stay at the hospital between 1-4 days after the surgery.  
  • You will be asked to sit on the side of the bed and walk a little on the same day you have surgery
  • You may have to use a catheter that goes through your nose to your stomach to help drain fluid from your intestine; could be 1-2 days
  • You may have a catheter in your bladder to remove urine
  • You will not be able to eat for the first 1-3 days; after that, it has to be liquids or pureed or soft foods
  • You will wear special stockings on your legs to prevent blood clots from forming 
  • You will receive shots of medicines to prevent blood clots
  • You will receive pain medicine, either by pills or through the IV
You will be able to go home when:
  • You can eat pureed or soft food without vomiting
  • you can move around without a lot of pain
  • you do not need paid medicine through an IV or shot
You should always follow the guidelines that your Dr and dietitian have given you.  
Some people lose between 10-20 pounds in the first month after surgery. In 2 years people have been known to lose half or more of your extra weight.  If you lose enough weight after surgery, it could help with:
  • asthma
  • GERD
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol 
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • type 2 diabetes
Now something to keep in mind, people have had issues with excess amount of skin after surgery; where they lose so much weight; or because of the surgery.  I shared tons of information but this is something I think people should ask questions about and discuss with professionals and do their own research beforehand so they know what they are getting themselves into.  This surgery can be emotionally draining to someone who doesn’t know what to expect, scared or not happy with the results.  Something I failed to mention, you can die on the operating table; it has happened and can happen; so don’t be that ignorant person who doesn’t believe so; because this is a very serious surgery that changes you. Hopefully anyone who is going through this or wants to has the proper support and is at peace with their decision. If anyone has any questions or concerns, you should contact your Dr and/or speak with a specialist.  Thanks for reading!
Sincerely,
Your fitness Blogger Shay-lon xoxo
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