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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery (also known as bariatric surgery) is a medical weight loss procedure used to treat people who are considered obese, or who are about 100 pounds overweight. Research shows that 60 percent of all Americans over the age of 20 are either overweight or obese and thousands of patients choose to get gastric bypass surgery yearly.

Although a popular and often beneficial medical procedure, gastric bypass surgery does have some negative effects such as the sagging, excess skin that comes after such extreme weight loss. However, this can be remedied with body contouring surgery.

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About Gastric Bypass Surgery

In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, leaving just a small pouch for food intake. Patients simply can't consume as much food as they did previous to the surgery because the small pouch can only accommodate a few ounces of food at a time and as a consequence, they begin to immediately drop weight. However, since most of the stomach and some of the small intestine has been bypassed, some food nutrients and calories will not be absorbed.

The most effective and widely used technique used for gastric bypass is laparoscopic surgery. This technique involves the insertion of surgical instruments through small incisions rather than a large one. Patients who opt for this technique in their gastric bypass surgery benefit by having a faster recovery time than with traditional surgery, a lower risk of hernia, and less scarring.

Body Contouring After Gastric Bypass Surgery

After having gastric bypass surgery, many doctors suggest that patients return to the operating room for body contouring surgery, or a body lift.

When the body loses between 60-350 pounds, patients are often left with excess skin on their faces, breasts, backs and thighs. Most people who have endured this much weight loss, need plastic surgery on their entire bodies, including their arms and face, in order to regain normal body contours.