08/16/2010 - News

Getting Ready for Gastric Bypass

By: June Chen, MD

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Gastric bypass is a surgical procedure that restricts the size of the stomach in order to limit your food intake. For overweight or obese adults who have tried and failed to lose weight through diet and exercise, gastric bypass is a weight loss alternative that can help to reduce the number and severity of health problems associated with being overweight.

As obesity rates continue to rise, an increasing number of states in the United States are requiring insurance companies to cover treatment, including gastric bypass, for morbid obesity. In 2011, South Carolina is launching a pilot program in which the state’s employee insurance plan will cover gastric bypass or Lap-Band surgery for 100 people statewide in order to see if the surgeries lead to overall health savings.
Did you know that some bariatric surgery centers recommend that people lose weight in advance of their gastric bypass surgery? This may seem counter-intuitive, but in fact, the heavier you are, the greater the risks associated with the gastric bypass surgery itself. Clinical data show that using OPTIFAST® before gastric bypass can help you lost enough weight to significant reduce the health risks associated with the surgery, including decreased surgical difficulty, decreased risk of liver injury, and decreased blood loss. As an added benefit, the lifestyle changes you learn as part of the OPTIFAST® program will help you to prepare for life after surgery and optimize your post-procedure weight loss.
If you’re considering gastric bypass surgery, consider the OPTIFAST® program as your weight loss partner!

References:
Alvarado R, et al. The impact of preoperative weight loss in patients undergoing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Obes Surg 2005; 15(9): 1282-6.
Associated Press, 14 August 2010.
Brandenburg D, Kotlowski R. Practice makes perfect? Patient response to a pre-bariatric surgery behavior modification program. Obes Surg 2005; 15: 125-132.
Colles SL, et al. Preoperative weight loss with a very-low-energy diet: quantitation of changes in liver and abdominal fat by serial image. Am J Clin Nutr 2006; 84: 304-311.

Created on: 08/16/2010
Reviewed on: 08/16/2010

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