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Gastric Bypass Surgery In Vancouver

Individuals who are morbidly obese may be candidates for receiving gastric bypass surgery. Vancouver, the most populated city in British Columbia, Canada provides numerous locations where bariatric surgeries including gastric bypass (GBP) can be performed. Of course this kind of weight loss treatment is only available to those who meet the strict criteria and whose very lives are seriously threatened due to their extreme weight.

What really is gastric bypass surgery?

Great question. In not-so-complicated terms, it is a surgical procedure that literally reconstructs the patient's stomach. A small portion is separated from the original stomach, and a small pouch (approximately 5% of the original size) is left, and will become the new stomach to hold the food. The patient will be forced to limit the amount of food ingested, and therefore the amount of calories consumed is decreased dramatically. The feeling of "fullness" happens very quickly upon consumption of food, and so with this new small stomach the brain is tricked into thinking the body has eaten enough to feel completely satisfied when really it has only been a very small portion. Over time, the individual will lose a drastic amount of weight because he/she simply cannot eat in the same manner as before.

Is this kind of procedure controversial?

It absolutely has its critics. It also has been successful in saving lives. When a person is morbidly obese the problem is not just a problem of being extremely overweight. Numerous obesity-related illnesses are typical in these individuals, and unless diet and exercise are an effective approach, gastric bypass surgery can literally save a person's life. Needless to say there are certain risks involved, as there are in any major surgery. However, the rewards can also be miraculous. Many of those who oppose such treatment (let's not forget that it is expensive and costs Canadian tax payers) feel that if a person is obese then it is their own individual responsibility to change their lifestyle. Weight loss, at its scientific core, is achieved through diet and exercise. While there have been many people who have worked hard to naturally lose weight and change their lives for the better, there still remains a population of people who are unable to use these methods and again, whose lives are at risk and must turn to medicine for an answer.

Is gastric bypass surgery in Vancouver covered by the provincial health insurance of BC?

Fortunately for those who need it, yes. Although not all provinces in Canada offer such treatment and of course wait times do vary.


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