Your doctor has recommended that you undergo
laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. But what exactly does that mean? Gastric Bypass is a surgical procedure used
to help a patient lose weight. It is usually recommended to help those who
are morbidly obese – meaning that their weight problem has become a serious health risk. Most severely overweight patients overeat.
Food enters the body through the mouth, travels down the esophagus where it collects in the
stomach. From there, digested food passes into the
small intestine. Nutrients taken from the food pass from the small intestine into the
bloodstream. Waste travels to the colon and leaves the
body through the anus. The amount of food that a person eats is partly
controlled by appetite. The stomach plays an important role in controlling appetite.
When the stomach is empty, a person feels the urge to eat. When the stomach is full,
that urge goes away. Gastric bypass dramatically reduces the size
of the stomach.
Gastric Bypass also shortens the small intestine so that the body absorbs less of the food
eaten. With less food entering the body, fat stores
begin to be used. The patient loses weight. So make sure that you ask your doctor to
carefully explain the reasons behind this recommendation.