Gastric Bypass surgery is a very popular bariatric surgery, often considered the “gold standard” in bariatrics. This surgery has many advantages and is seen by bariatric surgeons as being a very powerful tool against obesity. This procedure is the safest choice for extremely obese individuals. Gastric bypass surgery is known to help with chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes and it appears to reduce the risk of cancer.
How Gastric Bypass Surgery Work
There are two main forms of Gastric Bypass including Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Biliopancreatic Diversion Bypass. Gastric Bypass Surgery works in two key ways: restrictive and malabsorptive. But use two main techniques to achieve weight-loss.
First, the surgery creates a small stomach pouch where intake capacity is reduced. Second, they bypass portions of the small intestine to decrease the absorption of food nutrients. This two-step approach works well on morbidly obese patients, helping them achieve the most weight-loss in typically one year.
About Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y or RNY Gastric Bypass is the main form of gastric bypass, typically done laparoscopically. RNY gastric bypass does not remove portions of the stomach making it less risky and preferred to Biliopancreatic Diversion. Thus, RNY gastric bypass is a common form of gastric bypass surgery.
Risks, Complications and Side Effects
Gastric Bypass surgery has many risks that are serious including death, blood clots in the legs, leaking, pneumonia, and more. Unwanted side effects including dumping syndrome, vomiting, vitamin deficiency, and more.
Cost of Gastric Bypass Surgery
The average cost of gastric bypass surgery depends on where you have the surgery, hospital, and surgeons. The cost of gastric bypass can range from $5,000 to $35,000. When people choose to have this surgery in another country they can save themselves thousands (Mexico Bariatric Surgery costs about 1/5 to 1/3 the cost of the United States).
|Mexico||$5,000 – $7,000|
|United States||$25,000 – $34,000|
|Canada||$22,000 – $31,000|
|Australia||$19,500 – $21,000|
|India||$14,500 – $15,500|
|Thailand||$16,500 – $18,000|
|Costa Rica||$15,500 – $17,000|