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.

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