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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery FAQs | Adelaide Bariatric Centre

  • Will I need to take multivitamins?

    Nutritional deficiencies are more common after gastric bypass than either the gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy. In particular fat soluble vitamins A, D and E. Calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid can be depleted. It is important to remain compliant with your multivitamin supplements as prescribed by our dietitian. This can easily prevent any nutritional deficiencies.

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  • How often do I need to be followed up after gastric bypass surgery?

    Regular follow up is crucial to the success of any weight loss operation. With the gastric bypass patients will be seen 6 weeks after their surgery then again 3 months after that. Patients will need to then be seen every 6 to 12 months for the rest of their life. Regular blood tests to assess your nutritional status will be a part of your follow up.

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  • How does the gastric bypass result in weight loss?

    Weight loss is achieved through an early sense of fullness created by the small gastric pouch. Patients also become intolerant to sweets as the rapid presence of sugar in the small bowel leads to unpleasant symptoms called “dumping”. This leads to sweet and fatty food avoidance. Most importantly the gastric bypass results in suppression of appetite. This is thought to be due to the rapid entry of food into the small bowel, which evokes a hormonal effect that induces satiety or fullness. This hormonal effect is also thought to be responsible for the 75% cure rate of type 2 diabetes following gastric bypass. 

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  • How much weight can I expect to lose with the gastric bypass?

    The gastric bypass results in significant and sustainable weight loss. Median weight loss at 12 months is 60 to 70% excess weight. Approximately 50% excess weight loss is maintained after 15 years.

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  • Will I need to have plastic surgery to remove excess skin?

    This is not always necessary. Often the skin “bounces back” and it doesn’t appear loose at all. When it does we prefer to wait at least 1 to 2 years before we refer you to the plastic surgeons. This ensures that the weight loss has started to plateau off. We are aware of how loose skin can affect one’s appearance so this is something we pay close attention to. 20% of patients end up having surgery for this condition.

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  • Is there much pain after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery?

    There is very little pain after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and every effort is made to control it to ensure early mobility. This avoids other potential complications and assist in a speedy recovery. There are a variety of medications used to control any pain you may experience.

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  • How long is the recovery? How long will I need to take off work?

    Although patients often want to go home the next day the duration of hospital stay is longer than the gastric band. Patients are typically required to stay in hospital for 3 days. Patients who undergo laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery require 2 weeks off work.

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