Gastric Bypass Surgery
Luciano Fiszer, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon based in Miami and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Right for You? Everything You Need To Know
Are you struggling with weight loss despite trying different diets and exercise programs? Have you been diagnosed with obesity-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure? If so, your doctor may advise you to consider gastric bypass surgery as an option for weight loss.
However, before deciding if this surgery is right for you, you must understand the factors doctors consider and the potential health benefits.
Factors To Consider Before Undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a major surgery Dr. Fisizer recommends for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more. Also, if you have a BMI of 35+ and obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea and wish to lose weight, you should consider this weight loss surgery.
During the surgery, the surgeon divides your stomach into two sections, creating a small pouch in the upper section and bypassing the rest of the stomach and upper small intestine. After the surgery, you will have a small stomach capacity and reduced ability to absorb calories and nutrients. When considering gastric bypass surgery, Elite Surgical Miami will consider the following factors:
BMI and Previous Weight Loss Attempts
Body mass index (BMI) measures body fat based on height and weight. Gastric bypass surgery suits individuals with a BMI of 40 or more or a BMI of 35+ with obesity-related health conditions. Doctors at Elite Surgical Miami will also consider whether you have tried and failed to lose weight through other methods, such as behavioral therapy, medication, or diet and workout programs.
Age and Medical History
Age is an essential factor that helps determine if gastric bypass surgery suits you. This surgery is unsuitable for individuals under 18 or over 65. Doctors will also consider your medical history, including any existing health conditions or medications you are taking, to ensure that the surgery is safe.
Since gastric bypass surgery can significantly impact your mental and emotional well-being, Dr. Fisizer might recommend a psychological evaluation to determine if the surgery is appropriate. This evaluation may include reviewing your mental health history, current psychological state, and ability to make and sustain lifestyle changes.
What Are the Health Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
While the main goal of gastric bypass surgery is to promote weight loss, there are several other health benefits linked with the procedure, and they include the following:
Improved Diabetes Control
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects about 6.28% of the world population, and it is often associated with obesity. Thankfully, gastric bypass surgery is an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes, with many patients experiencing significant improvements in their blood sugar levels and even considerable decreases in their diabetes symptoms.
Besides improving the body’s sensitivity to insulin, this surgery comes in handy in reducing the amount of insulin the body demands. Ultimately, the surgery reduces the risk of complications, improves diabetes control, and improves the quality of life for patients with type 2 diabetes.
It Lessens Joint Pain
Excess body weight puts a lot of strain on the knees, hips, and ankle joints. As a result, you might suffer from joint pain and other conditions, such as osteoarthritis. Here is where gastric bypass surgery comes into play, as it helps reduce the amount of stress on the joints, resulting in reduced joint pain and improved mobility.
Reduced Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels
High blood pressure and cholesterol are two of the most significant risk factors for heart disease. It is worth noting that heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States and other developed countries. This surgery helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels in overweight or obese individuals and, in the process, it reduces the risk of heart disease and other related conditions.
Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Obesity is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Luckily, gastric bypass surgery helps reduce the risk of these conditions by promoting weight loss and improving overall health. Plus, the surgery can help lower the risk of other related disorders, such as sleep apnea, which is also linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Improved Mental Health
Obesity and related health problems can affect your mental and emotional well-being. Most individuals who undergo gastric bypass surgery report improved self-esteem, reduced depression and anxiety, and an overall improved quality of life. Individuals attribute this feeling to the significant improvements in their physical health and the ability to participate in previously challenging or impossible activities due to weight-related limitations.
Changes to the Diet Following Gastric Bypass Surgery
After having the gastric bypass surgery, it is essential that you eat slowly and in small portions due to the reduced stomach size. It may be challenging to adjust to the fact that you cannot consume liquids while eating, but there is no cause for alarm, as it takes little time to adapt. It would be advisable to consume fluids at least 30 minutes before or after your meal, as advised by Dr. Fisizer.
Working with a nutritionist at Elite Surgical Miami will also guide you on which vitamins and supplements you need. A nutritionist may even suggest a specialized meal plan after your surgery. By taking these steps, you lose weight and improve your overall health.
Get a Proficient Gastric Bypass Surgery at Elite Surgical Miami
If you’re considering gastric bypass surgery to manage obesity and its related health complications, selecting a facility with a proven track record of performing these procedures is crucial. Look for a team of experts who offer pre-surgery counseling and ongoing support throughout the process.
According to Dr. Fisizer, gastric bypass surgery is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced team. To ensure the best possible outcome, your medical team should comprise skilled surgeons, gastric bypass surgery physicians, nurses, psychologists, endocrinologists, and dietitians.
By partnering with the experienced team at Elite Surgical Miami, you can maximize your chances of success and achieve long-term relief from the struggles associated with obesity. You should also consult with Dr. Fisizer to determine if gastric bypass surgery is suitable for you and take the first step towards a healthy lifestyle.
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Dr. Fiszer performs these procedures using the most advanced surgical technologies.
Dr. Fiszer has been in medical practice for over 10 years, providing expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery.
At Elite Surgical Miami we make sure that the patient gets the best care professionally and emotionally, a combination we pride ourselves on.
"I had the gastric sleeve with Dr. Fiszer a few weeks ago and it was the best experience I could have hoped for. He was caring and attentive to all my questions, offered information when there were things I didn't ask that I would need to know and the procedure itself was so so much better to recover from than I could have hoped for. I would (and will) highly recommend him to anyone and everyone that is looking for a surgeon. He also did an endoscopy on me a few months earlier and I had an equally good experience for that procedure. A+++ in my book!"
"Dr Fiszer and his staff are wonderful. He is a very knowledgeable, kind, caring, and concerned physician. He answered all of my questions and even answered questions I did not know I had. I was very hesitant about having any type of bariatric surgery. Dr. Fiszer helped me choose which procedure was best for me and when I decide on the gastric sleeve I felt well informed and comfortable with my decision. I would highly recommend him to anyone without reservation."
"Dr. Fiszer is an amazing doctor. His bedside manner is impeccable and his desire to make you feel safe is one of the main reason I will always seek him out for any future surgery. His medical expertise is next to none. Dr. Fiszer performed emergency surgery on my husband for an abscess last weekend and his treatment, compassion, love for his work and respect for his patients is the highest I’ve ever seen. I loved his treatment, courtesy and overall desire to help. God bless you Doc! You ROCK!!!"
Dr. Fiszer performs these procedures using the most advanced surgical technologies.
Dr. Luciano Fiszer, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric /weight-loss surgery and surgical procedures of the digestive tract. Dr. Fiszer has been in medical practice for over 10 years, providing expertise in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery.