Patient discussion about bariatric surgery

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Q. What are the risks in a gastric bypass surgery for weight loss?

I am obese and I am interested in doing this surgery, but I’m scared. What are the risks of this surgery?
A1I had Gastric Bypass Surgery 5 years ago.. The surgery affects people differently.. I do believe the surgery has been perfected over the years and there isn't as great a risk of complications as there used to be. When I had my surgery the risk of death was 1 in 200. That was 5 years ago. I can say this much. It's changed my life!!. I'm MUCH healthier. The only side affect I have is I have to watch the amount of sweets I eat. My blood sugar drops and I faint. But, that's a good thing.. makes me not want to eat any sweets! A friend of mine can't eat protein. So she has to look for other sources. Like I said.. it affects everyone different.
A2There are a diferent option for obese persons, it is a kind of surgery knows like sleeve gastrectomy, it is a better option and without a complications related with bypass. This procedure it is done in Europe and Mexico. You may find information at draleflo@prodigy.net.mx
A3This surgery is a big abdominal surgery, and therefore has all the complications that accompany such major procedure, including severe hemorrhage, severe infection of the abdomen and blood, developing blood clots, leakage of bowel material into the abdomen, bowel obstruction and more. Despite these complications the reduction in obesity complication is so enormous it is advised to take this surgical procedure into account.

Q. What types of gastric bypass surgeries are there?

I heard all sorts of options for gastric bypass are available. What is the most in use?
A1Bariatric surgeries or – gastric bypass surgeries for weight loss fall into three categories: Restrictive procedures make the stomach smaller to limit the amount of food intake, malabsorptive techniques reduce the amount of intestine that comes in contact with food so that the body absorbs fewer calories, and combination operations employ both restriction and malabsorption. The exact one to be done should be decided with the physician according to each patients abilities and pre-operative function level.
A2There are a few different options for gastric bypass. Using a proximal Roux-en-Y anastomosis method, which is the most common method used today, and is by far the most commonly performed bariatric procedure in the United States. It is the operation which is least likely to result in nutritional difficulties. Other methods include the distal Roux en-Y, and the Mini-Gastric Bypass, which uses the loop reconstruction, and has been suggested as an alternative to the Roux en-Y procedure, due to the simplicity of its construction, which reduced the challenge of laparoscopic surgery.
A3take the info- but try avoiding the procedure, really unhealthy one:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/weightlosssurgery.html
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