Bariatric Center
Monday, March 04, 2024

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Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Surgery


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

In the vast majority of cases where Gastric Bypass is recommended, the patient has already tried the most obvious alternative to surgery - dieting.
By recommending gastric bypass, your doctor is telling you that dieting is not a reasonable solution to your weight problem. More drastic measures are necessary.Should you choose not to undergo gastric bypass surgery and you continue to be obese, you will most certainly be placing your health at risk.
Complications associated with obesity include: diabetes, high-blood pressure, heart disease and depression.
Because of these risks, it's unlikely that your physician would recommend any treatment other than gastric bypass to treat your weight problem. But there are risks associated with surgery as well.
Surgical procedures performed by making an incision large enough to expose the entire operative area
are called "open" procedures.
Your doctor believes that your medical condition and overall state of health make you a good candidate for less intrusive laparoscopic surgery.
A laparoscope is a narrow tube
that contains a light source
and a small video camera.
Using a laparoscope the surgeon is able to operate by making one or more very small incisions . . .
through which the sterile laparoscope, and possibly other instruments, are inserted into the body. Using the laparoscope's video camera, the surgeon is able to explore and inspect the interior of the abdomen - often allowing the surgeon to see with greater detail and with more clarity than with the human eye alone.
However, it is important to understand that during the procedure, your surgical team is always prepared to convert a laparoscopic procedure to an open procedure - should they feel that your condition requires a more direct approach.
If the surgical team makes this decision, you will find upon waking up that your doctor has made a larger incision and that healing may proceed more slowly.
Converting to an open procedure will effect the length of your recovery and will probably require hospitalization. Of course, no surgery is completely risk free. But your physician believes that if you decide not to undergo the recommended procedure, you may be putting your health at risk.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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