Gastric Bypass in Saudi Arabia

Gastric bypass treatment, termed as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is gaining grounds as a popular procedure for losing excess weight. The procedure essentially helps in reducing the appetite of the candidate by providing an alternative way for managing the consumed food in stomach and intestines. The treatment has showcased high success rates and has helped candidates lose 30% to 38% of the excessive body mass. The loss in weight at such a rate is possible as post-operation, the candidate begins to experience fullness and thus, has reduced urge to eat frequently.

What is Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass is performed on people who are diagnosed with diabetes (Type II), sleep apnea,, hypertension, BMI (Body Mass Index) more than 40, which causes morbid obesity. Gastric bypass treatment divides the stomach into two halves: the upper part (smaller in size), and the lower part referred to as the remnant (comparatively larger in size). Both the parts are the connected to the small intestines after necessary rearrangement. The procedure helps in reducing the amount of absorption of ingested food and thus, prevents the candidates in gaining unnecessary weight, which might otherwise lead to a number of diseases.

Symptoms of patient undergoing Gastric Bypass treatment

Though highly efficient, approximately 85% to 90% candidates undergoing Gastric Bypass Treatment have reported to have experience a minimum of one symptom. In severe cases, hospitalization has also been necessary. Probable symptoms are:

  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Peritonitis
  • Dumping Syndrome, which is very common and is usually characterized by dizziness
  • Stomal stenosis
  • Obstruction in bowel
  • Hernia
  • Ulcer
  • Low blood pressure
  • Malnutrition

Factors Affecting the Cost of Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery cost varies from a minimum of $18,000 to a maximum of $35000. Such a variation is due to several key factors that affect the cost of the procedure. Some of the most important factors are:

  • Country where the procedure is being performed. This is because major countries often charge greater compared to developing countries due to economic variations.
  • Extent of procedure involved
  • Underlying health issues, if any, so as to take necessary preventive measures
  • Proficiency and experience of surgeons performing the procedure
  • Healthcare insurance benefits, if availed.
Treatment and Cost

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About the Gastric Bypass

Nowadays, weight management is the biggest problem for people from all age groups. Weight loss surgery options are preferred when alternative means of weight loss such as exercise, diet management, and so on fail to work.

Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is one of the most popular weight loss surgery options during which the size of the stomach is decreased. The reduced size of the stomach allows for reduced consumption of food by the patient, which in turn, results in gradual weight loss.

Other popular weight loss surgery options include:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy
  • Adjustable gastric band
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS)

Of all the bariatric procedures, gastric bypass is the most preferred options for weight loss because of the greater possibility of positive outcomes. Moreover, there are no major side effects of gastric bypass.

 What are the criteria for gastric bypass surgery?

 Not everyone is an ideal candidate for gastric bypass surgery. People with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more and with a history of heart disease, obesity, and obstructive sleep apnea are mostly recommended gastric bypass surgery.

How is Gastric Bypass performed?

Gastric bypass surgery is performed in two phases:

Phase I

  • A small part of the stomach, of about 30 millilitres to 1 ounce in volume, is cut.
  • This is done to form a gastric pouch, where the food will go after eating once the patient is done with the surgery.

 Phase II: Bypass

  • The upper part of the small intestine is cut in the middle. The lower part of the small intestine, jejunum, is now attached to the gastric pouch.
  • The upper part of the small intestine is also attached to the jejunum. This facilitates the mixing of stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the stomach pouch and the upper portion of the small intestine with the food. This allows for normal digestion.

Recovery from Gastric Bypass

  • 1-4 days of hospital stay may be required
  • Pain medications and medicines to prevent blood clots is administered after the surgery
  • The patient is able to eat normally only after 3 days of the surgery
  • Special stockings to prevent formation of blood clots in the legs will be advised
  • The patient should follow diet and exercise as suggested by the physician and the dietitian

    There is a significant weight loss in the first month after the surgery, which gradually decreases. To maintain the intensity of weight loss, the patient must follow a strict exercise routine and diet.

    The following medical conditions usually improve after gastric bypass surgery:

    • Asthma
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Obstructive sleep apnea

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