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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