Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is a type of surgery that helps you speed up weight loss by creating a small pouch in the stomach. It is the most common bariatric surgery when diet and exercise do not work.

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Gastric Bypass in Spain

A Gastric Bypass is a surgical procedure that creates a small pouch in the stomach and is directly connected to the small intestine.

When food ingested enters this reduced stomach pouch, it will then pass directly into the small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine.

In Spain you can rely on doctors who are experts in treating obesity to help you regain control of your body and improve your health so that you can enjoy your life more.

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    Treatment characteristics

    You will need to stay in Spain for at least a month, approximately, so that you can undergo a few check-ups before travelling. The doctor will tell you the exact length of time necessary.

    Most patients who have undergone this surgery experience an almost total reduction in hip pain and a significant improvement in their quality of life as they are able to return to normal daily activities.

    The recovery time to be able to return to your country is approximately 20 days.

    Once in your country you will have to follow the guidelines given by the doctor so that you can finish your full recovery within 4 months. You will be able to return to your normal life in approximately six to twelve months.

    If you are able to stay in Spain during the whole recovery process, you should stay here for around 4 months to monitor your progress with certain limitations, and between six and twelve months to achieve full recovery.

    Relevant information

    Advantages

    • Reduced chances of cardiovascular incidents resulting in death
    • Reducing weight while improving self-esteem
    • Higher quality of life
    • Reduction of respiratory issues

    Disadvantages

    • Infection
    • Reaction to anaesthesia
    • Bleeding

    Treatment itinerary

    Before treatment

    • Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)​
    • If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.​

    During treatment

    • Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.​
    • If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.​
    • If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!​
    • The same goes for any fasting that the doctor indicates, if you do not comply – You will not be able to have the surgery either.

    After treatment

    • After your discharge from the hospital you should avoid physical exertion for a few weeks and for two to three weeks you will only be able to consume liquids or soups. You must strictly follow the instructions of the medical team, as they will tell you when to begin adding other types of food.
    • In addition, you should undergo a change in your lifestyle, in the interest of your health, which ranges from food re-education to regular physical exercise, you should maintain these new lifestyle changes for rest of your life (not only during the first two years after surgery, which is the period in which you lose weight).
    • Remember that your recovery time will vary depending on your age, your physical condition, your lifestyle habits and your attitude.
    • Keep in mind that your successful recovery also depends on you!

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