Weight Loss Surgery: Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery is a tool that helps patients lose weight by restricting the amount of food consumed at each meal and limiting the absorption of some calories.
During Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, the surgeons at Barker Bariatric Center create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. They then connect this pouch to the small intestine. The food will no longer pass through the lower part of the stomach or upper portion of the small intestine. Instead, it will go straight from the stomach pouch to the lower part of the small intestine. Since the pouch can only hold a few ounces at a time, the amount of food a patient can eat is restricted. The portion of the small intestine that is bypassed will not absorb calories.
All procedures performed at Barker Bariatric Center are Laparoscopic – even if a patient has had prior open procedures. During this procedure, the surgeon makes five or six very small incisions. Visualization of the abdominal cavity is accomplished using a fiber optic camera, and surgical instruments are able to be passed through the additional incisions to complete the surgery.
The benefit of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is that it can lead to a shorter hospital stay, shorter recovery time, lower risk of hernia, and less scarring than traditional open surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
- 75% excess weight loss with 60% EWL average even 10 years after surgery*
- Superior long term weight loss versus sleeve or band*
- Excellent hunger control
- Reduces cancer risk overall by 70% (85% for breast cancer)*
- Reduces chance of premature death by 92%*
- Reduces heart attack by 8 times for women and 20 times for men*
- 96% curative of reflux/heartburn*
Benefits of Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery has provided life-changing benefits for our patients. When post-gastric bypass surgery guidelines are followed, patients can generally expect to see the following improvements in the months and years after surgery:
Decrease in Appetite – Due to changes in signaling between the stomach and brain, patients often report feeling less hungry following bariatric surgery. This change in appetite allows for fewer cravings, and allows prior unhealthy habits to be transformed.
Weight Loss – After undergoing gastric bypass surgery, most patients begin to experience weight loss right away*. Patients usually continue to lose weight for 18 months to two years. Typically patients can lose 75lbs for every 100lbs they are overweight*.
Improvement in Obesity Related Medical Conditions – Gastric Bypass improves or eliminates many medical problems associated with obesity such as hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, sleep apnea, urinary stress incontinence, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Bariatric surgery can also increase overall life expectancy.
Quality of Life Improvements – Many patients find that their stamina, mood, self-esteem, and interpersonal relations improve following weight loss from gastric bypass. They are able to be more active and participate more fully in life.
If you are interested in learning more about gastric bypass surgery, contact our office today.