Gastric Bypass Surgery
This is how gastric bypass works for you
Gastric bypass surgery (also called the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or Roux-en-Y gastric exclusion procedure) is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in the United States. People choose gastric bypass surgery when they want faster, more complete weight loss, need help controlling food choices, and suffer from Type 2 diabetes or other obesity-related conditions.
What is gastric bypass surgery?
There are four major elements to a gastric bypass:
- Reducing stomach size. You’ll feel satisfied with less food.
- Decreasing hunger hormones. This dulls hunger and food interest.
- Bypassing a section of the small intestine. Fewer calories are absorbed.
- Inducing dumping syndrome. Meals high in added sugar and fat can cause cramps, discomfort and diarrhea -- you quickly learn to avoid these foods!
Gastric bypass surgery has an immediate effect on the hormones that control insulin secretion and other metabolic responses. Recent studies show that the surgery works better than medication for Type 2 diabetes. Most of our patients don’t need medication to control their diabetes after surgery.
Gastric bypass patients see a typical weight loss of 65% of excess body weight in the first year and 80% of excess weight lost by the second. Unlike diet programs, this weight loss can be maintained long-term.
In order to be considered for gastric bypass surgery, candidates must be 18 years of age or older, have a minimum body mass index (BMI) of 35, manage at least one obesity-related health condition and unsuccessfully tried more conservative weight loss methods like diet, exercise and medication.
A candidate with a BMI of 40 or higher, or is at least 100 lbs. overweight, meets the qualifications for surgery even without obesity-related conditions.
How does gastric bypass surgery work?
Gastric bypass surgery is most commonly performed as a laparoscopic procedure. Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery patients experience significantly less pain and recovery time is often faster. Patients can return to work earlier.
During the laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created in the stomach, bypassing a major portion of the stomach. This golf ball-sized pocket restricts the amount of food -- and calories -- that can be safely consumed.
The contents of the pouch are then rerouted directly into the small intestine—avoiding most of the stomach and duodenum and reducing the opportunity for calories to be absorbed by the body. This process is called malabsorption.
This rerouting causes changes in how your body processes foods. Foods high in sugar and fat will cause irritation when passing from the pouch into the small intestine. This discomfort, called dumping syndrome, is an incredible advantage of the surgery. For patients who find sugar and high-fat foods a temptation, the physical reaction to these foods can reaffirm your willpower and remind you not to eat high fat and sugary foods.
What to expect from the gastric bypass process
Barix offers a complete weight-loss program that including:
- Consultations with highly-skilled surgeons
- Insurance approval assistance
- Pre-surgery testing
- Our Specially-trained surgical staff
- State-of the-art surgical equipment
- Post-surgery planning to give you a help you make lifestyle changes program that to support healthy weight loss
- Nutritional counseling, support groups, online forums, and an extensive lifestyle guide — The Guide to Good Health.
Gastric bypass reviews and success stories
“I am over two years out of surgery and have lost a whole adult person off of my 4'9" frame. All of my physical restrictions have been lifted. All of my co-mobidities have been cured. The last one, sleep apnea, just recently resolved itself!" Jenise M.
Thousands of lives have been changed by successful gastric bypass procedures performed by the outstanding surgical staff at Barix Clinics. Still, we’ve found that many people who consider weight loss surgery feel better about moving forward once they have the opportunity to hear from people who have had great experiences.
You can read some of our gastric bypass success stories and reviews to learn how people like you have enjoyed the benefits of gastric bypass surgery.
Is Gastric Bypass right for me?
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