New Jersey's Leader In Gastric Bypass Surgery
Why Choose Us
Led by experienced bariatric surgeons, the gastric bypass surgery program
at RWJBarnabas Health provides a coordinated and supportive approach to
your decision to pursue gastric bypass surgery. Our program features extensive
education and patient support before, during, and after weight loss surgery.
Our centers throughout New Jersey offer a comprehensive approach to gastric
bypass surgery, and offer a variety of programs and treatments to help
you jump start a healthier lifestyle. A discussion with your surgeon of
the different types of weight loss surgery options will help you determine
which treatment is best for you.
What is Gastric Bypass?
Gastric bypass is considered the ‘gold standard' of weight loss
surgery in the United States. It can also be the most effective, frequently
resulting in reliable weight loss with minimal side effects.
During gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon uses surgical staples to create
a small stomach pouch which restricts the amount of food you can eat at
one time. The small intestine is then attached to this newly created stomach
pouch, allowing food to bypass the large part of the stomach, eliminating
food absorption in the larger part of the stomach. Patients feel full
faster and subsequently lose weight. Any patient who is a candidate for
bariatric surgery is potentially a candidate for gastric bypass surgery.
About Gastric Bypass
There are several forms of gastric bypass surgery, but the most common
is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Because gastric bypass is often a minimally
invasive operation, there are several advantages, including:
- Most patients experience significant long –term weight loss
- Weight loss is rapid
- Greater percentage of weight kept off with long term follow-up
- Food intake is greatly controlled
- Hospitalization is minimal with moderate recovery time
- Improved type 2 diabetes. high blood pressure, and mobility
- Relief of acid reflux
As with any surgery, there are also risks associated with gastric bypass
surgery. Since it substantially and permanently alters the stomach and
intestines, it is not easily reversed. Ulcers—particularly in smokers
or if you’re taking aspirin and/or anti-inflammatory drugs—may
occur, as well as leaks from staples or separation of tissues that were
stapled or stitched together.
Post-operative nutritional follow up is absolutely critical for all patients
undergoing gastric bypass surgery. It is also important that patients
who have had a gastric bypass procedure make a lifelong commitment healthy
eating. This includes taking vitamins and mineral supplements including
a multivitamin, B12, iron, and calcium, maintaining an adequate intake
of protein, and avoiding sweets and fatty foods.
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