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.