Everything you want to know about a Gastric Bypass
What is a Gastric Bypass?
With Gastric Bypass surgery, the stomach is structurally reduced. Most of the stomach is no longer in use, only a stomach reservoir (pouch) remains. The pouch is connected directly to the small intestine. Thus, a detour (bypass) is made in your intestines. Because of this bypass and reduced stomach, you can eat much less. You are satisfied faster and lose weight. Therefore, a gastric bypass is an effective treatment against obesity.
What changes in your body after a Gastric Bypass?
After Gastric Bypass surgery, your stomach is a lot smaller. About the size of a kiwi. As a result, you can only eat smaller portions and lose weight. Because of a Gastric Bypass, your stomach no longer makes stomach acid. Stomach acid plays an essential role in releasing nutrients from food. After surgery, the availability of intrinsic factor changes. This is an important protein in the stomach lining. Because intrinsic factor is now no longer in contact with food, it is not released from the “residual stomach. As a result, it cannot bind with vitamin B12.
In addition, after a Gastric Bypass, you produce less of the hormone ghrelin. This hormone sends a signal to your brain when you are hungry. Because you produce less ghrelin after the weight loss surgery, you are less hungry so you eat less. Food intolerance is also common after gastric bypass surgery. Often it involves red meat, dairy products, rice, pasta, and bread. Usually, these intolerances are temporary and you can eventually tolerate them again.
What is the recovery from surgery like?
A Gastric Bypass is a surgery performed under anesthesia. Therefore, your body does need time to recover. How long exactly is different for each person. On average, it takes 3 to 6 weeks. Make sure you are extra careful during your recovery, not heavy lifting or sports. Wait the first few days after your operation with driving and cycling. Swallowing often hurts in the beginning. Therefore, eat only liquid food for the first 2 weeks. Your doctor will tell you more about recovery.
What are the pros and cons of a Gastric Bypass?
- You lose weight and your health improves
- Type 2 diabetes can become easier to manage or even reversed
- Symptoms caused by excess weight decrease or disappear altogether
- Losing weight becomes easier because you eat less and absorb fewer nutrients such as fats and carbohydrates due to the detour in your intestines
- The risk of dying prematurely is 30 to 40% lower after surgery
- Your health and quality of life improves: 95% of people with a weight loss surgery report this.
- Due to the operation you eat less and you lose weight. On the other hand, you also miss out on important vitamins and minerals. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause all sorts of health problems
- No operation is without risk. This also applies to weight loss surgery. After surgery, complications can occur such as vomiting, bleeding, heartburn problems, leaky gut, gallstones and dumping syndrome
- You may experience excess skin due to the rapid weight loss
- About a year after treatment, the production of the hunger hormone increases again. It’s really important to adopt healthy habits early on and to stick to them
- Obesity is not a problem that can be solved by surgery alone. A healthy lifestyle, mindset and the right diet are just as important to staying fit and balanced.
Why do you need extra vitamins after surgery?
In addition to less food, a Gastric Bypass also causes you to absorb fewer vitamins and minerals. This is because the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum) and a piece of the second part of the small intestine (fasting colon) is closed off from food. Because no food passes through this part of the small intestine, no vitamins and minerals are absorbed there either. This is exactly the place in the small intestine where this happens most efficiently. In addition, food intolerance can occur after weight loss surgery. Especially for meat, dairy products, bread and pasta. While meat is an important source of protein, vitamin B12 and iron. And milk and yogurt for calcium. If your intake of vitamins and minerals is too low, your body will indicate this after a while. For example, you have less energy, are more tired or feel down more often. Vitamins and minerals are therefore indispensable. For everyone, but especially after a Gastric Bypass. And not just in the months after your surgery, but all your life.
Multivitamins tailored to a Gastric Bypass
We are being honest: a multivitamin is not a magic pill. It doesn’t provide superpowers and it’s not a quick fix that will turn you into a healthy person in no time. A multivitamin is your daily extra support to counteract deficiencies. You only notice a deficiency when you don’t take a multivitamin (anymore). Therefore, taking a multivitamin is not something temporary, but permanent. Every day it contributes to a healthy lifestyle. To stay fit and balanced not only today but throughout your life.
Thanks to scientific research FitForMe understands exactly what you need after a Gastric Bypass. We have combined these important vitamins and minerals into one multivitamin.
It is the start of a fit life
Surgery changes your life in many ways. It can be a big challenge physically and mentally, which FitForMe understands well. We’ve developed multivitamins that contain all the active ingredients to help you stay in balance. We deliver the multivitamins to your home and give you personal advice. We support you every day on your journey towards better health.Discover our multivitamins