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Gastric Bypass, Houston

Through a combination of restriction and malabsorption, the gastric bypass procedure reduces the size of the stomach and bypasses part of the small intestine.

How Gastric Bypass Works

During gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon will create a smaller stomach pouch. Then, the surgeon will attach a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to a pouch, which will allow food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. The appropriate name for this procedure is Laparoscopic Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass and in appropriate patients when combined with nutrition and exercise, it can produce remarkable results.

The Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery affects weight loss in two fundamental ways:

  • The smaller pouch decreases portions and therefore caloric intake
  • Bypassing a portion of the small intestine reduces the amount of calories absorbed

The procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, through small incisions made by the surgeon. Specialized instruments are used alongside a small camera to perform the surgery.

Considerations of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The benefits of the Roux en-Y Gastric Bypass are realized with changes in nutrition and exercise. These benefits are not limited to, but include correction of hypertension, sleep apnea, and acid reflux and also management of diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. There are also potential complications related to this procedure: both short and long term complications such as gastric leak, bleeding, intestinal obstruction, internal hernia and long term nutritional complications such as anemia and thiamine deficiency.

Recovery from gastric bypass usually follows leaving the hospital after two days of treatment. Returning to work can take longer, sometimes from 10 to 14 days, or longer if your health may be at risk.

Weight Loss Bariatric Surgery In Houston

This information is not intended to diagnose nor treat any medical condition. There is no substitute for a medical consultation/evaluation by your surgeon. For further information to see if this procedure is suited for you, contact us.