Alternative to Gastric
Bypass Surgery

Bariatric Surgery Alternatives

As far as an alternative to gastric bypass surgery is concerned, there are many options of the non-surgical kind to exhaust and use as a means of losing weight resulting in the fact that bypass surgery will not be necessary to undergo at all.

You can start by making every effort to get rid of those excess pounds by following a healthily balanced diet, carrying out a regular exercise regime and seeking advice from a nutritionist.

There are many reasons why we eat other than when we are hungry. Some people eat because they are lonely, depressed or sad, some feel they have to eat due to their entertaining lifestyle.

Throughout a lifetime, various things including eating patterns, continue as the norm so if as a child you were overweight, there is a good chance you will be overweight as an adult.

Find alternative coping strategies

What is needed is a new kind of attitude to help you put alternative coping strategies into play. Great examples of such strategies I explain in
my guide to your successful Cabbage Soup Diet 2.0,
for instance.

However with a BMI of 40 or more the options for an alternative to gastric bypass surgery become fewer. Here are some of them for you to take a look at.

consists of many different treatments

Extensively developed over recent times, bariatric surgery consists of many different treatments other than the typically traditional surgical procedure of the gastric bypass operation.

These days Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, and mini gastric bypass surgery as well as restrictive procedures such as lap banding and gastric sleeves are available to the patient.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

RGB (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass) surgery is the operation most commonly performed by surgeons in this field in the United States. This procedure consists of a small pouch being created in the stomach by the use of stapling or vertical banding. It results in the amount of food that can be eaten being limited.

Then a section of the small intestine shaped like the letter Y is attached to the pouch allowing food to bypass the duodenum and the start of the jejunum causing less calories and nutrients to be absorbed.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass - a low-risk alternative to gastric bypass surgery

The above mentioned procedure can now be carried out by using a thin telescope like piece of equipment called a laparoscope. This allows the surgeon to be able to view the inside of the abdomen and to perform the operation using small incisions which tend to make for a shorter recovery period.

Nonetheless, due to the demands of this kind of surgery, the surgeon needs to be experienced or an increase in pre-operative and post-operative complications can be expected to occur. The result of recent studies has shown that with more experience of laparoscopy, fewer complications arise. In fact the risks come close to being as low as those developing when open surgical techniques are used for gastric bypass procedures.

Lap Band Surgery

As mentioned earlier, an alternative to gastric bypass surgery can include restrictive procedures being carried out. An example of this is lap band surgery where the capacity of the stomach is lowered by a band being fastened around the upper stomach which, in turn, creates a small and separate pouch. The food intake is restricted and a feeling of fullness is experienced.

This kind of treatment is least invasive and results in the pain and scarring being less as well.

Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) is another frequently used restrictive form of gastric bypass surgery. It is more commonly known as stomach stapling in order to create a stomach pouch which helps to reduce the amount of food consumed.

Alternative to Gastric Bypass Surgery: Non Surgical Procedures

There are non surgical procedures available such as specific diet and exercise therapies (take a look at but as far as the majority of patients suffering with a BMI of 40+ (morbid obesity), 50+ (super-obesity) and 60+ (end stage obesity syndrome) these are not really considered to be realistic options.

Behavior Therapy

This is another form of non surgical procedure and it is all about cleaning up your environment, changing your attitude and getting into the right frame of mind.

Your old eating habits need getting rid of and new ones need putting in place. Positive thinking is the key here. Attending a behavior therapy group is a great form of support where you will get lots of help to lose weight effectively as well as learning all about identifying and avoiding high risk situations.

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