In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small gastric pouch of approximately 30-60ml. The small bowel is then divided and the end brought up and attached to the gastric pouch.
In this way, food passes into the pouch and straight down into the lower part of the small bowel. The rest of the stomach and the bypassed part of the small bowel are then re-attached further down. This ensures that the gastric and pancreatic juices enter the small bowel and digest the food.
Whilst most of the stomach and upper part of the small bowel is bypassed there is not a significant reduction in the amount of calories and protein absorbed. Most of your weight loss is down to eating less. But patients may develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies - you will need to take tablets daily including a multivitamin and mineral, calcium and vitamin D, Iron, as well as have quarterly vitamin B12 injections.
Weight loss starts from the time of surgery and can be rapid within the first six months.
You can expect to lose roughly seventy to eighty percent of your excess weight at two years.
in most cases, further surgery is not required.
Patients report decreased hunger and appetite due to hormonal changes.
Certain cancers e.g. breast cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer.
Has the highest and fastest remission rate for diabetes. (type 2)
Which operation is right for me?
There is no straightforward answer to this question! It is likely that you will have your own ideas as to what is the right operation for you. Based on your personal circumstances and medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, our experienced team will be able to provide you with information to help you decide the best possible treatment plan. It will be a joint decision between you and the surgeon.