The Pros and Cons to Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Paula R. Ballard

Medical Basics and the Health Care Claim Cycle

December 8, 2013

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Gastric Bypass is a complicated surgery, while a lap-

band is a bit less invasive, both are meant to help a patient

lose weight. Gastric bypass is not for someone who only needs

to lose a few pounds, it is meant for a patient that is

severely obese and has not been able to lose weight.

This bariatric surgery “reduces the size of the stomach

to a volume of 2 tablespoons and bypasses much of the small

intestine. The stomach is stapled so that it is reduced to

the size of a small pouch. This diverts food so that it has a

shorter travel time through the intestine and less food is

absorbed into the bloodstream.” (reference one) With less

food being absorbed into the bloodstream the patient losses

weight. However the patient must follow strict dietary rules for

both procedures for weight loss to be maintained and for the

well being of the patient

Staples are used in gastric bypass surgery as opposed to a “soft

low pressure balloon design” used in the lap band procedure. One

of the more serious dangers of the Gastric Bypass surgery are that

the staples could leak from the lines. Sometimes you can even have

separation of the tissue that were stitched or stapled together.

This can especially happen if a patient does not obey the strict diet

ordered by the surgeon. Another hidden danger that can occur is

internal bleeding after the surgery. The stomach and parts of the

small intestine can not be seen...
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