Learn about Gastric Bypass
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a weight loss operation that involves two components. During the first part, the surgeon divides the stomach into a small upper portion, and a larger lower portion. The next part involves the intestines being divided, and the lower piece being attached to the upper part of the stomach. This results in a smaller stomach for food to go into, as well as a shorter intestinal track for food to pass through. Patients eat smaller meals, and also absorb fewer calories from the food they eat.
Am I a Candidate?
- Generally the gastric bypass is performed on patients with a BMI greater than 40, although adults with a BMI of 35 with a serious medical condition.
- Good candidates for the bypass – or any bariatric surgery – have tried repeatedly to lose weight without success.
- Health conditions related to obesity like high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, or type 2 diabetes can make the bypass a good option. If you have reflux disease, the bypass may be a better option that the sleeve.
- Every person is different, so if you’re interested in learning more about whether the bypass or another procedure may be a good option for you, please contact us. We are happy to speak with you.