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Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) operation works by reducing the size of the stomach to 1-2 ounces (to limit how much can eaten at once) and bypassing a short segment of intestine (to slightly limit absorption of the food eaten).

This is done by stapling off a portion of the stomach to form a small pouch and attaching the limb of the intestine to that pouch. This creates a pathway for food to bypass most of the stomach and a short segment of the small intestine.

Almost all of the surgeries done here are laparoscopic, also called minimally invasive surgery. This type of surgery requires a few small incisions with less pain than open surgery.

The video below provides a visual representation of this surgery:

Benefits of Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery works in many ways:

  • It limits the amount of food you can consume at one time.
  • It enables you to feel satisfied after smaller portions.
  • It provides you with a “tool” to help achieve the permanent weight loss you desire.
  • Patients who adopt permanent lifestyle changes, both through eating changes and exercise, are usually able to keep their weight off.
  • Most importantly, gastric bypass surgery often helps eliminate many of these medical problems:
    • Chronic Headaches
    • Diabetes
    • Heel Pain
    • High Blood Pressure
    • High Cholesterol
    • Joint Pain
    • Leg Swelling
    • Leg Ulcers
    • Menstrual Irregularities
    • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
    • Pseudotumor Cerebri
    • Reflux (Heartburn)
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Urine Control Problems












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