Combining Two Techniques
Gastric bypass combines two techniques, restrictive (limiting food intake capacity) and malabsorptive (preventing food absorption in the intestines) to achieve fast weight loss results. With help from our team and dedication to a weight loss plan, the potential for complications is minimized and managed and you can achieve excellent weight loss results.
How it Works
Gastric bypass works in two ways. The first part is restrictive, removing about 85 percent of the stomach to form a smaller stomach, about the size of a golf ball. With this small capacity, you can only eat small amounts of food, still feel full and lose a considerable amount of weight.
The second part of the procedure bypasses part of the small intestine, which reduces the number of calories that can be absorbed into the body.
Advantages of Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery is almost always a minimally invasive procedure, performed through tiny incisions, less than ½ inch each in the abdomen, rather than a single, large incision, like traditional surgery. The result is minimal recovery time, pain and potential blood loss.
Considerations for Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight fast and improve or resolve many of the diseases associated with obesity, including type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. If you are considering gastric bypass, keep in mind:
- The procedure is not adjustable or reversible.
- While initial weight loss can be faster, over the long-term, weight loss results are very similar to other surgical weight loss procedures.
- Gastric bypass involves more significant dietary restrictions than gastric band or gastric sleeve.
- Vitamin supplements are needed after the procedure to avoid iron, calcium, Vitamin C, folate, thiamin and B12 deficiencies.
- Some patients experience an uncomfortable condition called dumping syndrome when food is passed too quickly from the stomach to the intestines. This may cause nausea, vomiting, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness or other stomach-flu-like symptoms.
- After the procedure, it is very important that gastric bypass patients follow their prescribed post-surgery instructions and make it to their routine office visits.