Gastric Bypass: A Long-Term Success

People who are obese and are concerned about the long-term impacts the condition may have are likely to find their doctors recommending a variety of weight loss options. For those with body mass indexes of 35 or higher and serious risks for health complications, the recommendation may very well be the gastric bypass. This particular procedure has been proven time and again to help people shed weight rather effectively. New studies are now showing the bypass also stands out in helping patients keep weight off over the long haul.

To arrive at the finding that the bypass produces lasting results, researchers looked at data related to thousands of patients. The patients had average BMIs of about 47. Some of the patients underwent gastric bypass procedures, but others opted for different weight loss programs. Over the course of the study, researchers found that patients in the surgery group tended to lose a rather dramatic amount of their baseline weight in the first year or so. Their non-surgical counterparts had barely lost any weight. After 10 years passed, the surgical group had lost about 21 percent more of its baseline weight than the non-surgical group.

The gastric bypass is considered a highly effective weight loss procedure because of its double-step method. The surgery first shrinks the stomach’s food holding capacity. This is achieved by a surgeon essentially creating a smaller stomach pouch, typically through stapling. The second step involves rerouting the digestive system somewhat to limit the body’s ability to absorb calories.

The gastric bypass is a serious procedure, but studies have shown it has near-immediate benefits while helping people maintain their weight loss years down the road. People who are obese are urged to talk to their doctors about all weight loss options. Getting weight under control can greatly reduce the potential for obesity-related health complications.

Gastric Bypass Offers Best Long-Term Results: Study

People who are serious about addressing obesity once and for all are likely to find that the gastric bypass procedure offers them the most effective results over the long run. That’s according to a new study that finds this bariatric surgical procedure tends to stand up better over time in the weight maintenance department when compared to less invasive weight loss measures.

To arrive at their findings, researchers took a look at thousands of records associated with veterans who underwent gastric bypass procedures and those who did not. One year out from surgery, the gastric bypass group had lost about 31 percent of their baseline weight. Researchers found the non-surgical group patients had only lost about 1.1 percent of their baseline. Over a period of 10 years, bypass patients were able to maintain about 21 percent greater weight loss than their counterparts in the non-surgical group.

While the study did not look at other forms of bariatric surgery, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, its findings were rather significant. Researchers noted that gastric patients not only shed a tremendously higher percentage of body fat, but they were able to maintain the step in the right direction for years into the future.

The gastric bypass is a two-part surgery that involves the shrinking of the stomach’s holding capacity. This is achieved by creating a smaller stomach pouch, generally through stapling. In addition to reducing stomach holding capacity, the surgery also reroutes digestion to ensure people absorb fewer calories from the meals they eat. The end result is a procedure that enables people who are considered morbidly obese to lose weight steadily while providing a means for maintaining the loss.

People who are obese or are concerned about becoming so are urged to talk with their doctors. Obesity has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and a host of other life-limiting conditions. Losing weight can dramatically lower risks for complications.