Gastric Bypass

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What is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass has long been considered the gold standard of weight loss surgery and can also be the most effective. However, it is also more drastic than other surgeries since it is a combination of malabsorptive and restrictive procedures which permanently alters the stomach and intestines.

In a gastric bypass, a small pouch is made in the stomach using surgical staples—this will serve as the new, smaller stomach which can feel fuller more quickly. The lower end of the small intestine is attached to this pouch, which allows food to bypass most of the small intestine. This prevents the small intestine from absorbing excess fat and calories. The drawback of this method is that it also means fewer nutrients that your body needs are absorbed.

Pros & Cons of Gastric Bypass.

Gastric bypass surgery offers significant, results with most patients experiencing 60 to 80% long term weight loss. It also modifies gut hormones which stem overactive appetites. You will not be able to eat as much as you used to after a gastric bypass, but you should feel a satisfied feeling from eating much faster than you used to.

Because your body absorbs less nutrients fewer food, you will need to adjust your diet to ensure you’re still consuming everything your body needs. A bariatric surgeon or nutritionist can help you do this. Some patients who have a hard time adjusting to the new diet experience a deficiency in iron, calcium, and other vitamins.

Speak with your doctor to make sure you fully understand the procedure’s risks and benefits before agreeing to anything. At our facilities, our team will guide you through all your options.

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