Gastric Sleeve + VIP Patient Service Package-(VIC)
Includes medical fees, consultation, required exams, and any pre-assessments. Procedure time is estimated at 2 to 3 hours. Surgery performed under general anesthesia. Includes 1 to 2 Nights in Hospital. Recommeded 7 to 10 days stay. VIP Services included with airport pickup, local transport, scheduling and daily nursing support while in your destination.
Gastric bypass is one of the most popular procedures with a high success rate. This surgery helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat. After the surgery, your stomach will be smaller. You will feel full with less food. The food you eat will no longer go into some parts of your stomach and small intestine that break down food. Because of this, your body will not absorb all of the calories from the food you eat.
To get started please complete the bariatric pre-assessment. This will be sent to the surgeon who can recommend the right procedure for you and provide a fixed quote and availability for the procedure.
About the Procedure
Gastric bypass can be done in two ways. With open surgery, your surgeon will make a large surgical cut to open up your belly. Your surgeon will do the bypass by working on your stomach, small intestine, and other organs.
Another way to do this surgery is to use a tiny camera, called a laparoscope. This camera is placed in your belly. The surgery is called laparoscopy.
In this surgery:
- First, your surgeon will make 4 to 6 small cuts in your belly.
- Then your surgeon will pass the laparoscope through one of these cuts. It will be connected to a video monitor in the operating room. Your surgeon will look at the monitor to see inside your belly.
- Your surgeon will use thin surgical instruments to do your bypass. These instruments will be inserted through the other cuts.
Advantages of laparoscopy over open surgery include:
- Shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery.
- Less pain.
- Smaller scars and a lower risk of getting a hernia or infection.
Length of Procedure
This surgery takes about 2 to 4 hours.
A general anesthesia is administrated and the patient is completely asleep, or an intravenous sedation is used, combined with local anesthesia.
This is an inpatient procedure that will require hospitalization.
Possible Side Effects
Some patients report that gastric bypass surgery can result in a potentially dangerous hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) complication that may require quick treatment. Severe hypoglycemia following meals, as a result of high insulin levels, can make you confused and sometimes black out. In extreme case they did not respond to medication, complete removal of the pancreas, the major source of insulin may occur.
A possible reason for the postprandial (after-meal) hypoglycemia they experienced is “dumping syndrome,” which occurs when the small intestine fills too quickly with undigested food from the stomach. This can happen following gastric bypass surgery.
Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia can include:
- Rapid heart rate
- Excessive hunger
- Headaches in the morning
Like any surgery there is always risk.
Gastric bypass is major surgery and it has many risks. Some of these risks are very serious. You should discuss these with your surgeon.
Risks for any surgery or anesthesia include:
- Allergic reactions to medicines
- Blood clots in the legs that may travel to your lungs
- Blood loss
- Breathing problems
- Heart attack or stroke during or after surgery
- Infection, including in the cut, lungs (pneumonia), bladder, or kidney
There are a number of risks for any weight-loss surgery. There are also risks that are more likely after gastric bypass surgery.
Post Surgery and Recovery
Most people stay in the hospital for 2 to 5 days after surgery. In the hospital, you:
- Will be asked to sit on the side of the bed and walk a little the same day you had surgery
- May have a (tube) catheter that goes through your nose into your stomach for 1 or 2 days. This tube helps drain fluids from your belly.
- May have a catheter in your bladder to remove urine
- Will not be able to eat for the first 1 to 3 days. After that you can have liquids, and then pureed or soft foods.
- May have a catheter connected to the larger part of your stomach that was bypassed. It will come out of your side and will drain fluids.
- Will wear special stockings on your legs to help prevent blood clots from forming.
- Will receive medicine through shots to prevent blood clots
- Will receive pain medicine. You will take pills for pain or receive pain medicine through an IV, a catheter that goes into your veins.
You will be able to go back to your hotel when you:
- Can eat liquid or pureed food without vomiting
- Can move around without a lot of pain
- Do not need pain medicine through an IV or given by shot
Expectations and Results
Most people lose about 10 to 20 pounds a month in the first year after surgery. Weight loss will decrease over time. By sticking to your diet and exercise early on you will lose more weight.
You may lose half or more of your extra weight in the first 2 years. You will lose weight quickly after surgery if you are still on a liquid or pureed diet.
Losing enough weight after surgery can improve many medical conditions, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Type 2 diabetes
Weighing less should also make it much easier for you to move around and do your everyday activities.
Bypass surgery alone is not a solution for weight loss. It can train you to eat less, but you still have to do much of the work. To lose weight and avoid complications from the procedure, you will need to follow the exercise and eating guidelines that your doctor and dietitian have given you.
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