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.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a weight loss operation that involves two stages. 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.
After a gastric bypass, the portion of the stomach that food goes into is much smaller than a full-sized stomach. Because of this patients generally eat small meals. Gastric bypass also encourages weight loss because the shorter intestinal track means that fewer calories are absorbed by the body.
Generally our gastric bypass patients stay in the hospital for about 2 nights. That decision will be made after surgery, as we see how you’re healing. Depending on how physical your job is, some patients go back to work in 1-2 weeks, and some take longer.
Right after your surgery, you will be on a liquid diet while your stomach heals. You’ll then start introducing soft, pureed foods with the guidance of our team. As your body recovers and you adjust to eating again, we’ll work with you to start eating solid foods again. Since the gastric bypass changes your intestines, you will need to be particularly careful to get all the nutrients you need, and follow aftercare instructions including special bariatric vitamins and supplements to take. We will help you every step of the way, so you know what to eat to best succeed with your weight loss tool.

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.

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