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Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. The most common bariatric surgery in the United States is a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. The stomach is made smaller by creating a pouch at the top of the stomach. The smaller stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. Patients having gastric bypass stay in the hospital an average of 3 to 5 days, and return to normal activities in 4 to 6 weeks.

The goal of this surgery is to help you feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size. This would reduce the amount of food you eat and the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine would also result in fewer calories being absorbed.

With Gastric Bypass Surgery it is important to remember that surgery will require you to make several changes in how you eat. You will be able to eat only a few ounces of food at a time because the surgery creates a much smaller stomach, and you will be advised to take a lifelong vitamin and calcium replacement to avoid micronutrient malnutrition.

Gastric Bypass Facts:

  • - Significantly higher risk of surgical complications.
  • - On average more weight loss is seen when compared to LAP-BAND®.
  • - Faster resolution of co-morbidities than with LAP-BAND®.
  • - Non-reversible.

Risks: Bleeding, infection, leak, dumping syndrome, mortality 2-5%. A more comprehensive discussion of the risks and benefits of gastric bypass is covered in depth in our information seminars.

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