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Gastric Bypass - FAQ

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that is performed to treat obesity. During the surgery, surgeon divides the stomach into two parts. The upper one which is smaller and the lower which is bigger. Then the surgeon rearranges the small intestine in order to reduce the functional volume of the stomach. As a result, you feel full sooner after eating and eat less.

How is gastric bypass surgery done?

The surgery can be open or laparoscopic. Today, most doctors use laparoscopic surgery as it is less invasive and as effective as open surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is performed using several small incisions in the stomach of the patient. The surgeon views his operation on the screen. The surgery is divided into two steps. During the first, the surgeon divides the stomach into two parts and with surgical staples creates a “wall” between them. The next step is when the surgeon rearranges the small intestine.

Will my insurance cover gastric bypass?

If the insurance can cover your surgery or not, depends on your insurance plan. You should contact your insurance company and ask them to provide you with all the information.

Who are candidates for gastric bypass surgery?

The one who has a BMI (body mass index) of 40 and more can consider having gastric bypass surgery. If your BMI is lower but you have serious health problems related to obesity, you can also have gastric bypass done. If you are a candidate for the surgery or not can be decided only after the consultation with the doctor.  

Can gastric bypass surgery cure diabetes?

Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is much more effective than drug therapy alone and  80% of patients experience remission after gastric bypass surgery, which means that the patient blood sugar levels return to normal and there is no need for diabetes medications. But as diabetes is not well understood there is a possibility that if the factors causing the disease return to a degree sufficient it can cause a relapse.

How much weight will I lose after surgery?

Most patients lose 60–80% of excess body weight. The amount of weight you will lose depends on different factors such as your age, gender, and starting body mass index. If you want to make the surgery a success you should change your lifestyle.

How much time will I have to take off work?

It depends on what type of work you have. Generally, doctors advise to take 2 weeks off, but if you have a physically demanding job you might need to take more.

Does type 2 diabetes make surgery riskier?

If your doctor is a professional and you follow all his instructions there is no reason to worry.

What can I eat after gastric bypass surgery abroad?

After the surgery your portions must be small, you should eat a lot of protein and drink a lot of water. For the first two weeks, all of the food must be blended.

When can I start exercising again after gastric bypass surgery?

Exercising is an important part of your recovery. As soon as you can move we advise you to start walking, but for the first 6 weeks, you should avoid lifting heavy objects. The doctor will give you all the specific information about physical activity after the surgery. The most important are to listen to your body and in case you feel pain stop exercising and contact the doctor.

How long will I stay in the hospital after bariatric surgery in Poland?

Even though few hours after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, most patients can walk, it is advised to stay for about two days in the clinic so that the doctor will be able to see how the healing goes.

Do I need to take vitamins and minerals after gastric bypass surgery?

Yes, because after gastric bypass surgery in Poland the body will have difficulty absorbing certain important vitamins. You should be ready that after gastric bypass surgery, you need to take vitamin and mineral supplements for the rest of your life.

What about scars following bypass surgery?

Scarring is minimal. The incisions that will be made are 0.5 cm wide and are normally healed in 10-14 days.

Do most patients need to have plastic surgery after gastric bypass surgery?

Plastic surgery might be needed if you have a lot of excess skin. The amount of skin depends on your weight loss, age, and habits. After gastric bypass surgery, a lot of patients come to Poland to have plastic surgeries done such as tummy tuck Poland or belt lipectomy Poland.

Is it possible to regain weight after gastric bypass surgery abroad?

Yes, it is possible if you return to old eating habits. Gastric bypass surgery is done to help you start a new life, but if you eat junk food and don’t bother being physically active no surgery can help you.

How long should I stay in Poland after gastric bypass surgery?

If you chose to have gastric bypass surgery in Poland you should stay in the country for at least 1 week. For the 2 days, you should stay in the clinic, the rest of your stay you can spend in the hotel. Before going home the doctor will give you his contact information so you will be able to contact him. Beauty Poland offers you our all-inclusive package which covers consultation, medical tests, surgery, stay in the clinic, hotel stay, and transfers during your stay.

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