What is a Gastric Bypass?

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is historically the most commonly employed bariatric surgery. This surgical procedure involves both restrictive and malabsorptive measures that help weight loss by limiting the amount of food eaten and nutrients the body absorbs. On average, patients lose 70% of excess body weight in the first 18 months after surgery.

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How Does a
Gastric Bypass Work?

The stomach is divided into a small pouch to collect food eaten. The pouch is about as big as a golf ball. The intestine is then attached to the stomach pouch, but this part of the intestine does not absorb food to a significant degree.

Once the intestine is reconnected lower down, digestive juices mix with food and absorption of nutrients occurs. As a result, patients will have a decrease in appetite, feel full with less food and absorb fewer calories from their food.

Who is a Good Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

  • If you have diabetes or hypertension, the gastric bypass has a higher cure rate for diabetes and hypertension than the sleeve or lap band.
  • If you suffer from severe acid reflux (heartburn), gastric bypass has the best chance of improving your symptoms.
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Gastric Bypass Program Assessment Videos

Please watch the videos below prior to completing your assessment quiz.

Gastric Bypass Program Assessment Quiz (Please bring with you to your pre-op appointment)