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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery 

Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure, Advantages & Results


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Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, also called the gastric bypass (bypass surgery), reduces the size of the stomach and repositions the small intestine to create metabolic changes that help you lose weight. Having a smaller stomach pouch allows you to feel satisfied sooner and eat less. Bypassing a portion of the small intestine helps alter the release of some of the gastrointestinal hormones involved in helping you feel less hungry as well as improving sugar or glucose metabolism for type 2 diabetics.

The Minimally Invasive Procedure

A small camera is passed through a port into the abdomen so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Delicate instruments are used to perform the operation through five to six small incisions. The laparoscopic approach to surgery has many advantages over open surgery using lasrger incisions. Some of the benefits including reduced post-operative pain, shortened hospital stay, quicker recovery, and better cosmetic results.  bypass surgery:

Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Laparoscopic approach.
  • Reduces stomach capacity.
  • Reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal.
  • Promotes rapid weight loss.
  • Small incisions and minimal scarring.
  • May be more effective for some Type 2 Diabetics who are unable to control their blood surgars and medications.
  • Does not require an implated medical device.

Health Benefits

Studies have found that gastric bypass improves obesity related diseases including:

  • Resolution of type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients often within days of surgery. (1)
  • Resolution of high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients. (1)
  • Improved cholesterol levels in 95% of patients with high cholesterol. (2)

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Quality of Life

Many studies have demonstrated that patients who lose significant weight after surgery experience1

  • Greatly improved overall quality of life.
  • Improved physical functioning and appearance.
  • Improved social and economic opportunities.

Motivation is the Key to Weight Loss

The most common complaint we hear is, "I wish I would have done this sooner". Many who have had weight loss surgery find it to be the only way to finally keep the weight off. Our patients are successful, but it is incorrect to think that you do not have to put any effort into losing weight. The operation cannot do it all. It should be considered a tool to help you make the necessary changes to achieve successful and sustained weight loss. Our Team will help you learn how to use your tool.

Frequently Asked Questions

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[1] Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA 2004;292(14):1724-37.

[2] Schauer P, Ikramuddin S, Gourash W, et al. Outcomes After Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Morbid Obesity. Ann Surg 2000 Oct;232(4):515-29.

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