What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery makes your stomach smaller, reducing it to a one-ounce, egg-sized pouch that allows food to bypass or go around part of your small intestine.
Changing the size of your stomach helps you to feel full more quickly compared to when your stomach was its original size. When you feel full, the amount of food you eat and the calories you consume are lower. Bypassing part of your intestine also causes your body to absorb fewer calories. This leads to weight loss.
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The most common type of bariatric surgery in the United States is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. During this procedure, your surgeon will make your stomach smaller by creating a small pouch at the top of your stomach using surgical staples.
The smaller stomach is connected directly to the middle portion of the small intestine (jejunum), bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine.
Gastric Bypass Results
For many patients, gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose weight permanently.
- Patients lose about 60-80 percent of extra weight in 12-24 months.
- Most patients gain back less than 15 percent of their weight after five to 10 years.
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Do I Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery isn't for people who are mildly overweight. Instead, it's for severely obese people who are 100 pounds or more overweight and their health is at risk.
What Weight Loss Surgery Is Best For Me?
There are several types of bariatric surgery. Choosing the best surgery for you will depend on your weight loss goals and preferences.
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If you're thinking about weight loss surgery, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. We help make the process as easy as possible.
If your insurance doesn't cover bariatric surgery, you can pay for it using our self-pay option.
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Finding a New Quality of Life after Gastric Bypass Surgery
“It has been a hard road, but it has been the best thing I ever did for myself.” This is how DeAnn Barfuss describes the emotional weight loss journey she embarked upon two years ago after deciding to undergo gastric bypass surgery.