Gastric bypass procedures are done through a laparoscope, thus improving recovery time and leaving much smaller scars. This operation has been shown to be effective for long term weight reduction and has few side effects and complications. The fact that a large incision is avoided is important in that it allows for a prompt return to normal function. This is important in order to quickly participate in the rest of the health and fitness program. The surgery takes approximately one to two hours and some patients are able to return to work in approximately two weeks. Our staff works with each patient to create their own individualized strategy to achieve their weight-loss goals.
To qualify for surgery, you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 40. If your BMI is between 35-40 you may also qualify for surgery if you have one of the following conditions:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Sleep Apnea
Prior to surgery, all patients will be sent to have psychological, nutritional and medical clearances. These are required to proceed with surgery.