Lasting Weight Loss: Gastric Bypass
It’s well-documented that two years after having gastric bypass surgery, patients often lose an average of 100 pounds. They feel better and often see their diabetes go into remission.
What happens in the long-term is the big question today. After struggling to lose weight for many years, sometimes decades, figuring out how to achieve lasting weight loss is a high priority.
A research team from the University of Utah School of Medicine says that gastric bypass offers lasting weight loss results. They found that 12 years after people underwent gastric bypass, they had managed to still keep off 77 pounds – a major accomplishment. Their findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
In addition to keeping off the weight, they also improved their health. The patients had a much lower risk of developing diabetes. In fact, their risk was 92 percent lower than people with obesity who did not have surgery.
Find lasting weight loss results through surgery.
During gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y, the stomach is made smaller. A surgeon does this by creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach using surgical staples or a plastic band.
The smaller stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. Gastric bypass helps people lose weight because they feel full quickly after eating. As a result, they eat significantly less. People eat fewer calories and absorb less as well because food bypasses part of the intestine. It’s not uncommon for people to lose more than 100 pounds after surgery.
As a person gets close to a normal weight for them, their weight loss slows down.
Gastric bypass is one of several surgical weight loss options. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, a surgeon can tell you which procedure is going to be the most appropriate for you and your weight-loss goals.