Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery: Beyond Weight Loss

As the gold standard for weight loss surgery, gastric bypass offers obese patients with life changing physical, mental, and emotional benefits.  Patients who have undergone gastric bypass report back to Dr. Frenzel that not only do they look better, but they feel better from a general health standpoint.

Dr. Frenzel is a dual fellowship trained surgeon in bariatric weight loss surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery.  With years of expertise and experience, he offers a complete transformation—beginning with an initial consultation for weight loss surgery through post-bariatric cosmetic surgery and recovery.

If you are looking to change your life and regain your confidence, consider the benefits of gastric bypass bariatric surgery.  In the United States, gastric bypass is greater than 50 percent of bariatric surgical procedures performed.  Dr. Frenzel takes a laparoscopic approach for a less invasive method.  However, it is important that prospective patients understand that there are, on occasion, times when open surgery becomes a necessity.

Candidates for the gastric bypass are men and women over the age of 18 who have a body mass index over 34, are in good mental health, and have a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits involved.

Understanding the risks and benefits is a crucial part of the process.  Many times, patients go into an initial consultation with this image of immediate gratification post-surgery.  However, all bariatric surgeries are designed for gradual weight loss.  Though you will begin to see changes rapidly, there are steps that patients must take on their own.  Lifestyle changes are vital.

Gastric bypass is when the stomach is divided to create a pouch that connects to a loop of the small intestine.  This reduces the size of the stomach, meaning patients eat only a small amount of food.  Because of these internal changes, it is essential for patients to follow a special gastric bypass diet to ensure proper nutrition.  Consider it this way—after surgery, the small amount of stomach left to digest food means that every piece of food consumed should have nutritional value.

When a patient doesn’t follow the diet and no nutritional foods are eaten, the body isn’t able to function at its best.

After gastric bypass surgery, patients experience weight loss and resolution to obesity-related health issues.  Following the recovery protocol, patients have seen significant changes in their bodies—the prevention of diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.

In addition to the initial gastric bypass weight loss surgery, Dr. Frenzel also completes band-to bypass conversions.  If you had the gastric band surgery, but have not lost weight, need multiple fills, have chronic pain around the port site, experience heart palpitations, or have chronic nausea, allow Dr. Frenzel to transform your weight loss surgery experience.