The Gastric Bypass procedure is one of your best options if the following apply to you:
- You are morbidly obese (Your BMI is 40 or above)
- You need to lose a lot of weight, as fast as possible
- Your weight poses greater risks to your health than surgery does
The procedure is not a substitute for diet and exercise, and should only be considered when non-surgical methods have been tried unsuccessfully, and where a medical professional has advised you that your weight has become a hazard to your health.
What results can you expect?
The results from Gastric Bypass surgery can be nothing short of amazing.
Weight loss can be very fast, in fact the fastest of all weight loss surgeries.
Losing 40kg in the first year and a half is not unusual!
So, what’s the Downside?
The cost of Gastric Bypass surgery is extremely expensive, especially in the US.
For countless Americans whose medical insurance is unable to cover the procedure, there are only two realistic options:
- Ignore the problem, and watch their own health quickly decline.
- Travel abroad, and get the surgery at a more affordable price.
We can help you arrange treatment overseas at a fraction of the cost!
There are excellent bariatric clinics in Mexico and Costa Rica, or if you choose to travel a bit further you can save even more of the price by traveling to Thailand, Malaysia or Latvia.
Costa Rica will cost you around half of the US price, whereas Latvia can cost as little as one third of the cost in the US.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I benefit from Gastric Bypass Surgery?
If you have a BMI of 40 or more, then yes, there is every likelihood that you’ll benefit from surgery.
Also, if you are BMI 35 or more, but also suffer from weight-related illnesses such as diabetes, then a surgical intervention may be recommended.
I’m quite sure that you don’t need me to explain that exercise and diet should have been tried first, before resorting to surgery!
What options do I have?
Gastric Bypass surgery has two main ways the procedure is performed, the Roux-en-Y technique that we will describe here, and the Mini Gastric Bypass.
Both of these types of surgery are a combination of Malabsorbtive and Restrictive procedures, meaning they restrict the amount of food it is possible for your to stomach to hold, and they reduce the ability of your stomach to absorb food.
It is this combination that means that weight loss can be so very fast!
What is involved with the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?
Your surgeon will make incisions to the abdomen, into which will be placed trocars. These are used as access points, and it will be through these that the surgical instruments will be placed.
The surgeon will be able to observe the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope, a flexible tube with a camera attached.
Your stomach is then stapled, creating a smaller pouch, drastically limiting the amount of food that can be eaten before feeling full.
The small intestine is then cut into two sections.
The lower section of the small intestine is then attached to the newly-created stomach pouch, allowing food to pass directly into the small intestine.
It is this aspect of the surgery that gives the procedure the name Gastric Bypass.
Bypassing a portion of the small intestine decreases the absorption of calories and nutrients.
The upper portion of the small intestine is then reconnected to the lower portion of the small intestine.
The bile and pancreatic fluids from the liver and pancreas allow food to be completely digested.
As a patient, you need to be 100% aware that without modifying your behavior and eating habits, the results of the surgery will not be long-term.
You’ll play your part by carefully following your doctors instructions, both immediately post-op, and also the longer-term instructions.
What are the risks?
All surgery carries risks!
Weight, age and medical history all have an impact on the risks involved.
You’ll need to speak with a doctor to know whether bariatric surgery is the right decision for you.
Nonetheless, it is generally understood that the benefits outweigh the risks for severely obese people, since surgery can improve quality of life, blood pressure, reduce mortality rates from weight-related illnesses, such as heart disease, and improve diabetic control.
So, what does Gastric Bypass surgery cost?
This kind of highly-specialized surgery is expensive anywhere!
This procedure can only be performed by extremely skilled surgeons, and you wouldn’t want to be operated on by a surgeon who isn’t the best in his field!
That said, due to the differences between economies in different countries, it is possible to pay far less for surgery if you travel overseas for treatment.
In Mexico and Costa Rica, for instance, you’ll expect to pay a little less than half the cost in the US.
This isn’t because the surgeons are any less qualified.
It’s simply that the infrastructure costs in these countries is much lower.
You can be sure that, compared to their fellow country-men, bariatric surgeons will still be handsomely-paid for their work!
Thailand and Malaysia can be cheaper still, and you can expect to be paying just one-third of the US cost, even though the hospitals are first-rate medical centers by anyone’s standards!