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Gastric Bypass – Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss

UNCATEGORIZED // Dr. Mel Ortega // August 15, 2016 // no comments

Gastric Bypass Surgery Miami

Gastric bypass is a type of bariatric surgery that allows obese individuals to lose weight. Usually bariatric surgeries can be classified into two main types of procedures- restrictive and malabsorptive. Restrictive Bariatric Surgery is less invasive than the Malabsorptive Bariatric Surgery, but of course, malabsorptive shows better results. Gastric bypass is an interesting subcategory of bariatric surgery as it combines both a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to allow the patient to lose a hefty amount of weight.

Let us go over the basic steps involved in a gastric bypass to understand why it is the most popular form of weight loss surgery today.

Eligibility for Gastric Bypass – Bariatric Surgery

Like any other bariatric surgery, this Gastric Bypass procedure only applies to those who are “severely overweight”. To be severely overweight, or obese, a patient must have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. It may also be the case that the BMI of the patient is between 35-40 and the patient is still eligible for this surgery. This is a special case scenario whereby the BMI mark may be lower if the patient has additional weight related problems like type-2 diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure.

While there is no specific age to undergo this procedure, it is recommended that the patient be over the age of 18, and under the age of 60 to avoid later complications. Another benefit to doing this Gastric Bypass surgery after turning 18 is to be able to first try natural means such as exercise to get rid of the excess weight. Teenagers can lose weight easily as they are more active in their younger years and can gain metabolism quickly.

The Basics of Gastric Bypass Surgery

As mentioned earlier, this surgery is neither restrictive nor malabsorptive, it is a mix of the two. Gastric bypass is performed in two steps,which allows it to be more invasive than a regular restrictive procedure.

In the first step, the surgeons work on reducing the size of the stomach. This is done through diving the stomach into two sections. The top pouch is much smaller than the rest of the stomach. Once these pouches are created, the top pouch is bypassed directly to the intestines. So not only is the size of the stomach smaller, but the bypass keeps the body from absorbing too many calories. This way the body is allowed to lose weight through a two-pronged approach.


With the development of technology, this procedure that previously required the surgeon to cut open the patient, can now be administered laparoscopically. Laparoscopes are tiny cameras that can provide the doctor with a clear vision of the insides of a patient without having to directly see it.

Through the presence of this technology instead of making one big cut across the belly, the surgeon can do with 4-6 small incisions. The laparoscope is inserted through one of the incisions and the remaining incisions are used to do the procedure. This method is a lot less invasive and reduces the recovery time of the patient substantially. Furthermore, laparoscopy helps avoid many of the complications faced by the regular method of surgery.

Having a child can take a toll on your body. It’s an intense and powerful experience; you need to provide nutrients for a budding life all while carrying that life inside your own body. It can be a rewarding experience as well, nothing will ever seem quite as beautiful as holding your newly born baby for the first time. However, you’re body doesn’t simply snap back to normal after giving birth, a lot of the weight, stretching, and changes in form that occur during pregnancy stay with your body after giving birth. A Mommy Makeover in Miami at Spectrum Aesthetics is a combination of two procedures that aim to give you back your pre-baby body.

Mommy Makeover Cost Starts at $5300

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Mommy Makeover in Miami

What Procedures Are Involved in a Mommy Makeover?

Mommy Makeover most commonly involves performing a tummy tuck and a breast liftsimultaneously, by this we mean under the same anesthetic. These procedures are the most common because they fix the issues generally caused by pregnancy: stretch marks, excess skin, extra weight, and sagging. Other procedures to consider as well are liposuction and thigh lift as well as a few other choice procedures. The major benefit of a Mommy Makeover at Spectrum Aesthetics is the reduced cost compared to doing the two procedures separately, as well as the recovery time involved in doing each procedure separately.

A Mommy Makeover procedure helps unify the costs and recovery times associated with each procedure into one short one-time procedure. Pregnancy and child-birth can leave a lot of mothers feeling self-conscious about their bodies. It isn’t easy to fix these conditions on your own, especially with the added responsibility of a child in your life. It’s no wonder that Mommy Makeover have become such a trend. Our plastic surgeons are well acquainted with the growing trend and we are more than happy to help you get your pre-baby body back up and running because everyone deserve to feel proud of their body, no matter what their situation is.

Recovering from Mommy Makeover Surgery

Performing two plastic surgery procedures at the same time does cut down on recovery time, but the recovery time is still there. Patients should allow up to six weeks of healing before returning to their regular lives. The Mommy Makeover surgery is an intensive one, and your body needs time to reform a healthy balance. Returning to an active lifestyle too soon can result in unwanted complications and diminished results. Patients will notice bruising and tenderness in the operated areas during the initial recovery process. This is normal and will clear up within the first few weeks, just as it does with any tummy tuck or breast lift.

How much does a Mommy makeover cost?

$5300 for mommy makeover surgery with our board certified plastic surgeon.The starting cost of mommy makeover procedure is $5300 only. It is not an all inclusive price. Mommy makeover surgery will vary in price depending on how many procedures were combined, and how many surgery sessions are needed.