Dr. Brian Mirza Offers Gastric Bypass Surgery in Houston, TX
Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, has helped thousands of people return to a normal weight and continue to keep the weight off. Gastric bypass surgery is one of the procedures that can allow people to lose weight quickly and begin to engage in a healthier lifestyle. At Bariatric Care Centers, we provide the care and encouragement you need to start your new life at a healthier weight with gastric bypass surgery.
Understanding Gastric Bypass Surgery
In the gastric bypass procedure, a small pouch is created in the stomach, and the rest is removed. The pouch is then attached to a portion of the small intestine, and the old stomach is re-attached to a lower portion of the small intestine to provide bile and pancreatic fluids to help digest food. The smaller stomach “bypasses” a part of the small intestine where food is normally absorbed, reducing the amount that is metabolized into the body. This procedure also helps to change the production of hormones that are associated with appetite and satisfaction after eating. As a result of these changes, the patient consumes less food, feels the need to eat less frequently, and enjoys faster weight loss. The procedure takes several hours. If laparoscopic techniques are used, the surgeon will work through small incisions in the abdomen. You will be able to leave the hospital after 2 to 3 days. You will be on restricted activities for 3 to 5 weeks. However, open surgery may be needed, which will add to your recovery time.
After Your Surgery
After surgery, you will be required to follow a restricted diet to learn new ways of eating to maintain your weight loss and to ensure you have adequate nutrition. You will be able to return to work and normal activities after a few weeks. For the first 2 or 3 weeks, you will start out with liquids or pureed foods, because the pouch that creates your new stomach will only hold a small amount. Gradually, the pouch will become slightly larger, allowing a more normal diet. However, you will have to continue a careful diet in order to maximize the effects of the surgery.
Contact Dr. Mirza at Bariatric Care Centers for Your Gastric Bypass Surgery
Dr. Brian Mirza received his training in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and now helps his patients in Houston, TX to achieve normal weight and more active lifestyle. Call Bariatric Care Centers at 713-339-1353 today for an appointment to learn more about the gastric bypass procedure and how it can help you live a healthier, more satisfying life.