Stomach Bypass Surgery

If you try to lose weight in vain, and don’t know how to change eating habits once and forever, stomach bypass surgery may be the only effective way for you. This is an operation that helps people not just to restore normal shape, but to reduce the amount of consumed food without much stress and constant feeling of hunger.

What is stomach bypass surgery?

This is a procedure aimed at reducing stomach size. It is divided into pouches, and a patient needs less food to feel full. Food no longer goes to some parts of the stomach and the small intestine, so less calories are absorbed out of it. Thanks to such operation, eating habits gradually change and a person loses weight.

How is it performed?

Before the operation, a patient is administered general anesthesia to fall asleep and not to feel pain. Stomach bypass operation consists of two major stages:

  • Stomach size is reduced. Using staples, the surgeon divides stomach into a minor upper chamber and a larger bottom section. The upper part called the pouch is where the food goes, and it can hold only up to 30 grams of food.
  • The second stage is making of the bypass. The surgeon will connect a section of the intestine with the small hole in the pouch. Thus, instead of going into the large stomach section, the food will get to the pouch and directly into the small intestine. The body will absorb less calories.

Types of bypass surgery

As many other German clinics, Bonifatius Hospital practices two approaches to bypass surgery. We perform two basic types of operation:

  • During an open surgery, a doctor makes one large cut to open the belly. The bypass is create by working on the stomach, small intestine and adjacent organs.
  • Laparoscopy (minimal invasive approach) presupposes making 4-6 small cuts in the belly. The surgeon inserts a tube with a tiny camera to see the inside of abdomen. The camera sends video signal on a display located in the operating room. Other incisions are used to insert the instruments and work with them. Sometimes such operation is assisted by robots.

Laparoscopy is considered to be preferable, because it causes less pain, has shorter recovery period and leaves almost no scars. Besides, it reduces the risk of getting hernia or an infection. However, it should be performed by highly skilled doctors, because all manipulations should be accurate. Specialists of Bonifatius clinic are experienced enough to deal with laparoscopic surgery safely and effectively.

Side effects

Although the operation is generally considered to be safe and highly efficient, there are still some stomach bypass surgery risks. These can be bleeding , infection, development of hernia, breaking of stitches, allergic reaction to medications, and permanent fatigue. But the most challenging part for a patient after the operation is to change eating habits so that to get all nutrients but not to overeat. Since the amount of consumed food reduces considerably, it becomes hard for a person to supply body with all proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins required for normal functioning. Together with weight loss, malnutrition can cause other diseases. The opposite may also happen: gradually increasing the amount of food, a person can stretch the stomach back to its initial size.

Other stomach bypass surgery complications can include gastritis or stomach ulcers, vomiting after food intake (stomach won’t be able to hold extra foods), leaking from the parts where stomach has been stapled together, etc.

It is important to pay attention to all symptoms happening after the operation and follow doctor’s recommendations strictly. The success of recovery depends on the patient to a much degree.

Why people choose Bonifatius Hospital?

Our clinic is supposed to be best-of-the-breed in Germany, because we provide exceptional level of service and high-quality medical assistance for people even with very complicated and serious diseases.

About our team

A lot of specialists from different spheres work in Bonifatius Hospital. The team is headed by Prof. MD Gerald Kolb. We use multi-disciplinary approach in our work, which means that the doctors organize meetings and elaborate treatment plans individually for every patient, taking into consideration observations of all specialists. That makes treatment in Bonifatius Hospital efficient.

Our advantages

Bonifatius Hospital is chosen by patients from all over the world, because it has:

  • Top-notch medical equipment and high-quality apparatus for treatment and diagnosis;
  • 24/7 medical surveillance and due care of every patient;
  • Comfortable wards, decent catering and entertainment options.

Where to find us?

Bonifatius Hospital is located in Lingen, Germany. To arrange your trip and treatment, contact us via email or phone. We’ll be glad to help you!