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Gastric bypass


AN OPERATION THAT MODIFIES THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IN ORDER TO LOSE EXCESS WEIGHT IN OBESE PATIENTS OR TO CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR ELEVATION IN DIABETICS

What does the word bypass mean?

It means a diversion, an alternate route or the colloquial translation, “a bridge”. Applied to obesity surgery, it is a bridge between the stomach and small intestine.

What does the surgery consist of?

It shrinks the stomach to reduce the capacity of food intake and “shortens” the length of the small intestine to reduce the size of the absorption surface with laparoscopic staples or minimally invasive surgery.

How does it work?

By decreasing the size of the stomach, patients eat smaller amounts. “Shortening” the length of the small intestine also means less absorption of food, which helps obtain the goal of “eating little and absorbing less.”

Which patients would you recommend this type of intervention for?

Obese patients with a body mass index of 35-40 or higher, who also suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, increased cholesterol or triglycerides, or obstructive sleep apnea (difficulty breathing especially when lying down).

What risks does the operation carry?

All major surgeries carry risks, so patients should be assessed comprehensively by a surgeon, endocrinologist, nutritionist, cardiologist, psychologist, and by an anesthesiologist before surgery.

What is the success rate of this procedure?

According to international reviews, 85% of patients who have undergone this type of surgery reported to be satisfied with the operation.

Dr. Jesús Núñez HernándezA

Especialista en Cirugía de Obesidad y Diabetes por Laparoscopía

CED. PROF. 1371863 UAT / CED. ESP. AE: 011111 UNAM


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