All you need to know about the gastric bypass surgery

Losing weight naturally is not something everybody can be able to achieve. For some, it’s an impossible mission hence they seek surgery.

Some people cannot lose weight despite going on restrictive diets or hitting the gym.

This is due to hormonal imbalance, medication or treatment they are under, and disabilities among other reasons.

Days ago Kenyan socialite Risper Faith shocked many after revealing she might be planning to go through a gastric bypass surgery.

The big question is what is gastric bypass surgery?

This refers to a technique in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a much larger lower “remnant” pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both.

According to Wikipedia, a small gastric pouch is created and the small bowel is re-routed.

Here is what happens before one undergoes the surgery

  • Consultation with the Surgeon and Anaesthesiologist.
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Anesthesia.
  • Hospital stay (2 days) with 24 hours of medical care.
  • Pre & Post Bariatric Diet
  • FREE dietetic follow-up for several years (different hospitals offer different plans.

Below are the different costs of gastric bypass across different constituencies.

Gastric bypass costs in Kenya

Gastric Bypass Insurance coverage depends on the type of insurance product you have purchased and policy terms and conditions.

The service is now being offered in public hospitals among them Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kenya’s biggest referral hospital offers the service for around 500K.

Gastric bypass surgery should not be confused with a gastric sleeve or a gastric balloon.

A gastric balloon, also known as an intragastric balloon or belly balloon, is a soft balloon that is inserted into your stomach through your mouth using an endoscope, non-surgically.

It is an endoscopic treatment for obesity that together with a balanced diet and physical activity helps lose weight.

Gastric sleeve-This is the removal of a portion of the stomach.

These methods are only effective if one adheres to a good diet, works out, and rests enough.

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