When patients are highly overweight, this can lead to a variety of health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart problems, and diabetes. With diabetes, the patient is faced with a whole new range of urgent health problems. In certain cases, diet and exercise are not enough, and patients may need gastric bypass surgery. For patients in need of gastric bypass and diabetes, physicians take particular care to personalize weight loss services. The aim is to ensure that patients are safe, secure, and achieve long-term outcomes. Patients should expect to experience improved health and better quality of life following surgery.
Relation of Weight and Diabetes
According to the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), people who are overweight are three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes compared to patients who are of normal weight. The extra weight will make the body less receptive to insulin and contribute to insulin resistance. The body becomes less effective at lowering the amount of sugar, and ultimately the body no longer produces insulin. Diabetes is a serious condition that has many complications. Some of the most serious effects of the disease include:
- Nerve damage
- Kidney failure
- Foot or leg amputation
- Bacterial infections
Losing weight will help you control your blood sugar more efficiently. By losing extra pounds, you can better control diabetes and minimize the risk of more severe complications.
Candidates for Surgery
Doctors working alongside MAYCLINIK will decide if you are a gastric bypass candidate. To be eligible, your BMI should usually be higher than 40 because doctors prescribe surgery to those who need it most. If your BMI is 35+, your doctor may recommend gastric bypass if you have other health problems. For patients who have not been effective by diet and exercise alone, you might be a candidate for weight loss surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Doctors will now deliver minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Unlike open surgery, this technique requires only a few minor incisions. Your surgeon places advanced instruments into the incisions and conducts the operation using a small camera that provides enhanced visibility. To perform a gastric bypass, the surgeon may split the stomach into two parts. The upper half is going to carry less food, so you’re going to get fuller off smaller portions. The doctor can eventually attack the upper half of the intestines to the lower part of the intestines until the incisions are closed. Food will go to the lower portion of the intestines to keep the body from consuming any of the food’s calories. Less calorie consumption helps overweight and obese patients to lose weight more easily. Patients will need to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
What to Expect from Surgery?
You should plan to spend three to five days in the hospital after surgery. Your incisions should heal completely in the first two weeks. Usually, you should be able to get back to work within two weeks. After around a month, you should be able to resume more physically challenging tasks such as exercise. Total recovery normally takes between three and five weeks.
Maintaining Your Results
Your doctor will give you clear guidance to help you achieve optimum results. This involves consuming balanced, appropriate portions of food. Your doctor can also prescribe a fitness routine to help you control your weight. It is important to keep all scheduled appointments with your doctor for the best results.
If you want to learn more about bariatric surgery and how it can change your life, please give us a call and we’ll arrange a consultation for you!