This operation involves separating a small stomach pouch that is connected to the food pipe (oesophagus) from the rest of the stomach. The small stomach pouch is then connected to the small bowel while bypassing a large part of the stomach and some of the small bowel. This operation works mainly by its hormonal effect on the appetite (decreased), the speed of food going through the bowel (increased) and the control of the level of sugar in the blood.
Gastric bypass surgery achieves average total weight loss of around 30%. For example, if your weight now is 20 stone, we expect it to be around 14 stone after gastric bypass.
Gastric bypass surgery is done as a key hole (laparoscopic) procedure. This means that in addition to achieving excellent weight loss, the recovery is quick (most patients stay in the hospital 1 or 2 nights only), the pain is minimal, and the risk of post-surgical hernias is reduced.
Gastric bypass surgery has a low risk of complications and is a safer operation than many other operations that are performed routinely.
Gastric bypass surgery requires good preparation before surgery and lifelong commitment to dietary changes, taking vitamins daily, having regular blood tests and attending follow up appointments.
All Mr Toumi’s gastric bypass patients are seen by a bariatric dietitian before and after the surgery. In addition to this, many of Mr Toumi’s patients are seen by a bariatric psychologist before surgery.