Gastric Bypass Surgery in Sydney – Dr. V. Kuzinkovas
For individuals suffering from morbid obesity who have tried unsuccessfully to lose the excess weight through diet and exercise, gastric bypass weight loss surgery is often the most effective solution. At Advanced Surgicare, Dr. V. Kuzinkovas treats patients seeking gastric bypass surgery in Sydney and the surrounding area. He performs the procedure laparoscopically, with the Roux-en-Y technique, one of the most common and effective weight loss surgeries designed to help those suffering from morbid obesity lose their excess weight.
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How Gastric Bypass Surgery Helps Patients Lose Weight
Gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose excess weight in three different ways. Firstly, it restricts the amount of food that a person can ingest. This is referred to as the restrictive component of bariatric surgery. Secondly, it limits the amount of nutrients that the body can absorb. This is referred to as its malabsorptive component. Thirdly, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass alters the levels of gut hormones such as peptide YY (PYY) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), leading to more satiety and satisfaction after a small meal intake. This is referred as a metabolic component of gastric bypass surgery.
During gastric bypass weight loss surgery, Dr. Kuzinkovas decreases the size of the functional section of the stomach so it is about the size of an egg. He then creates a stoma, or a small opening, between the stomach and the intestine. The gastric bypass surgeon then attaches a part of the small intestine to the smaller stomach pouch. This allows the food to bypass the section of the small intestine that absorbs calories and nutrients.
Following gastric bypass surgery, patients feel full after consuming only a limited amount of food, thanks to the smaller stomach pouch that they now have. In addition, the stoma delays the stomach from emptying, so individuals feel satisfied for a longer period of time. Also, because the food that the patient consumes bypasses a part of the small intestine, the body absorbs fewer nutrients and calories, prompting weight loss.
What to Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Immediately after the procedure, patients must adhere to a clear liquid diet for several days. They can then advance to a diet consisting of pureed foods. It is extremely important for patients to drink a sufficient amount of fluids, so they do not become dehydrated.
Approximately one month after the procedure, individuals advance to a transitional diet, incorporating more regular foods into their diet. During this phase, it is common for patients to feel slightly ill or experience a decrease in energy levels as they adapt to the changes in their digestive system and adopt healthier eating habits. This is also the period in which individuals usually experience the fastest weight loss. Certain patients may lose weight at a rate of about 5-7 kilograms per month, during this phase.
About six months after gastric bypass surgery, patients adopt their long-term diet, which helps them maintain their desired weight over the long run. For the rest of their lives, patients will eat limited portions of regular foods.
During the first two years following the procedure, individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery in Sydney with Dr. Kuzinkovas can expect to lose about 70-80 percent (or more) of their excess weight. However, some individuals can regain about 10 percent of the lost weight during the second to fifth year following the procedure.
To help patients avoid this propensity to regain weight, Advanced Surgicare offers nutrition counseling as well as psychological counseling when needed. In order to maintain their ideal weight over the long term, individuals must make a concerted effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle and engage in regular exercise for the rest of their lives.
Gastric Bypass Candidacy
In general, appropriate gastric bypass weight loss candidates include individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40, or those with a BMI of 35 or more who also suffer from at least one co-morbid condition related to obesity. (Obesity-related co-morbid conditions include type-2 diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea and more.) On the other hand, individuals who suffer from excessive (super) obesity and suffer from numerous medical co-morbidities might be too high of a surgical risk to undergo anesthesia and may not be suitable candidates for the procedure. Candidacy decisions are made on case-by-case basis.
Take the First Step in Losing Weight
Take the first step in your weight loss journey and find out if you are a suitable candidate for either gastric bypass surgery or another type of bariatric surgery such as Lap Band surgery or Sleeve Gastrectomy.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Kuzinkovas, please contact Advanced Surgicare Clinic by calling 1300 551 533.