How Gastric Bypass Helps You Lose Weight
Gastric bypass is considered a “metabolic” procedure because it changes how your body absorbs fat, calories and nutrients. This metabolic change occurs because your gastrointestinal tract is altered when your gastric bypass surgeon attaches the smaller section of your stomach directly to your small intestine. As a result, your appetite changes and you feel full faster.
Minimally Invasive Gastric Bypass Surgery
Your surgeon may use different devices such as magnets or robotic surgery to reduce the number of incisions needed to perform gastric bypass. This minimally invasive surgery approach:
- Shortens your hospital stay (typically one night)
- Leaves small scars
- Helps you recover quickly and with less pain
Gastric Bypass Potential Complications
Gastric bypass is a complex procedure that carries some health risks in addition to the risks associated with surgery in general, and weight loss surgery in particular.
Leaks may develop from your stomach and small intestine.
Internal Hernia, Blockages, Gallstones, and Narrowing (Strictures)
There are increased risks for these conditions where the stomach and intestine join. They may require additional surgeries.
Can occur in the GI tract. They are more common in people who smoke or take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen) after surgery.
Is Gastric Bypass Right for You?
Your surgeon will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine if gastric bypass or another weight loss procedure is the right choice for you.
As your lifelong partners in this journey, our team of bariatric specialists -- surgeons, nutritionists, psychologists, exercise physiologists, and others -- support you before, during, and after your surgery so you can be fully prepared. We want you to meet your goals and live life to its fullest.