If you are considering weight loss surgery, it is important to understand that there are a number of options all with their own advantages and disadvantages. Working with a trusted medical professional can help ensure that your interests are met while enabling you to make the right decision for your body. At Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in La Grange, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Elmhurst, IL, our experienced team of surgeons and medical practitioners can help determine if gastric bypass surgery is right for you.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery involves two steps starting with reducing the size of the stomach by separating it into two sections. Surgeons will use a special stapler to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach with the remainder of the stomach still intact. The second step of gastric bypass surgery includes dividing the small intestine into two parts with the lower end being transplanted and attached to the aforementioned and newly created stomach pouch. In short, a new smaller stomach is connected to a newly created subsection of the small intestine so the body can continue to digest food as it is eaten. Gastric bypass surgery enables weight loss by reducing the size of the stomach which limits how much food and how many calories are being consumed. If you are considering gastric bypass surgery, the professional surgeons at Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in La Grange, IL, Elmhurst, IL, and Berwyn, IL.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery
In addition to substantial weight loss, gastric bypass surgery offers a number of other benefits that often go unnoticed or unmentioned. Let’s take a look at a few of these benefits below:
- Improved cardiovascular health: Weight loss surgery decreases a person’s risk of stroke, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. With an effective diet and regular exercise, a person’s blood pressure and cholesterol should return to normal levels after gastric bypass surgery.
- Improved mental health: Being obese is tied to a higher risk of depression due to poor body image and social stigma. Losing excess weight improves emotional health and lowers depression by increasing the patient’s self-confidence and image of themselves.
- Elimination of sleep apnea: People that are obese are much more likely to require a CPAP machine at bedtime which may not be needed after gastric bypass surgery.
- Improve fertility: Women who are overweight are at higher risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy issues.
To learn more about how gastric bypass surgery can help, call Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in La Grange, IL, Berwyn, IL, and Elmhurst, IL, at 708-484-0621 to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.