Gastric Bypass

When might one have gastric bypass surgery

Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are major, life-changing procedures. While weight-loss surgery can help reduce your risk of weight-related health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea, it can also pose major risks and complications. You may need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery. You likely will have an extensive...

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Results of gastric bypass surgery

Gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries can provide long-term weight loss. The amount of weight you lose depends on your type of surgery and your change in lifestyle habits. It may be possible to lose half, or even more, of your excess weight within two years. In addition to weight loss, gastric bypass surgery may improve or resolve conditions often related to being overweight,...

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Why have gastric bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is done to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including: Gastroesophageal reflux disease Heart disease High blood pressure Severe sleep apnea Type 2 diabetes Stroke Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are typically done only after you’ve tried to lose weight by improving your...

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Preparing for gastric bypass surgery

If you qualify for gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgeries, your health care team gives you instructions on how to prepare for your specific type of surgery. You may need to have various lab tests and exams before surgery. You may have restrictions on eating and drinking and which medications you can take. You may be required to start a physical activity program and to stop any tobacco...

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