Gastric Bypass Surgery Pros And Cons

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 68 percent of the people in our country are overweight. Half of that 68 percent, or 34 percent of our population is obese (Overweight Prevalence). Weight loss basically boils down to burning more calories that you eat (Staff, Counting Calories: Getting back to weight-loss basics), but this is easier said than done for some people. What do you do when you’ve tried diet after diet and nothing has worked? More and more people are turning to gastric bypass surgery. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 228,000 people had Gastric bypass surgery in 2008 compared to 103,000 in 2003 (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery ). So what is gastric bypass surgery? What are the risks associated with it? Is it the best option for drastic weight-loss, or is it a quick-fix? These are some of the questions I will address and from there draw a conclusion as to whether I think gastric bypass surgery is worth the risks. Gastric bypass surgery is a two-part surgery. The first part consists of dividing the stomach into two separate sections. The small upper portion, known as the pouch, is where the food goes. This small pouch holds about one ounce of food, therefore drastically reducing the amount of food a person can eat. The second part of the surgery consists of attaching the newly-formed pouch to the small intestine. The pouch is connected further down the small intestine than the stomach usually is. Since food is now bypassing the lower part of the stomach and some of the small intestine, the body is not able to absorb as many calories. When considering gastric bypass surgery, a person should know all the risks associated with it. Gastric bypass is a major surgery and therefore has many of the same risks as other major surgeries. Since it is also a very specific

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