About the procedure
Gastric bypass surgery is a type of weight loss surgery. Also known as bariatric surgery, the procedure involves around 80% of the stomach is sealed off from the rest of the stomach tissue to create a smaller stomach pouch. The new pouch is connected to the small intestine. By doing this, only small amounts of food can be eaten and digested and the larger stomach is bypassed.
Gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically, meaning no large incisions are made and the surgery can be completed through tiny keyhole incisions.
For gastric bypass before and after results, please view our gallery below.
How is gastric bypass surgery different to gastric sleeve surgery?
Unlike gastric sleeve surgery, all of the stomach is kept (not removed) during a gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery bypasses a large part of the stomach, so the operation is considered reversible in most cases.
It is rare for people to have the operation reversed due to the general overall success. However, it has happened been reversed in some cases with significant complications.
Gastric sleeve surgery, however, involves removal of part of the stomach.
Who is an ideal candidate for a gastric bypass?
People who have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or more are the best candidates for a gastric bypass.
Typically, people between 18 to 65 years of age, and are around 45 kilograms (100 pounds) or more above a standard, healthy weight are ideal candidates.
If your weight and eating habits have always been a challenge for you to overcome and have been affecting your health and quality of life, gastric bypass surgery could be a functional and effective solution.
The factors that may have led to significant weight gain over time may be linked to mental health or psychological reasons specific to you. Deciding to have bariatric surgery is a major decision, so it is important to consider the physical, emotional and mental factors before, during and after your surgery. We encourage you to speak to medical professionals to advise and assist with any support you may feel you need.
Pricing for gastric bypass
Our prices (including return flights) start from £4,957 or $10,270 (Australian dollars). This pricing includes:
- Private, unshared transfers from the airport to your hotel, and to/from your medical appointment/s at the hospital
- Hospital and surgical fees
- Hospital and 4* or 5* hotel stay (this duration varies depending on your procedure. Find out more in ‘Fast Facts’ above)
- Daily breakfast at your hotel
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your hospital stay
- Comprehensive aftercare during and after your procedure
- Phone access to UK and Australian registered nurses on your return home.
What are the benefits of gastric bypass surgery?
The main benefit of gastric bypass surgery is certainly significant weight loss. The outcomes of major weight loss are improved longevity, health and quality of life.
Some benefits of gastric bypass surgery include:
✓remission of diabetes or more manageable symptoms
✓relief from high blood pressure and heart disease
✓stabilisation of cholesterol levels
✓reduced risk of cancer and fatty liver disease
✓ for sufferers
✓decreased or diminished acid reflux
✓renewed self-confidence and self-esteem
Why is gastric bypass surgery undertaken?
Gastric bypass surgery is undertaken to lose weight where medication, dieting and exercise have not been successful. The bypass procedure reduces the size of the stomach, and consequently the appetite, which leads to long-term weight loss. Bariatric surgery is a major operation and should never be taken lightly. Anyone undertaking this surgery needs to understand it is not a quick fix, but rather a significant solution for long-term weight loss. You should research the risks and the benefits of this surgery so that you are well informed before you decide to proceed.