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Gastric Bypass FAQs

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

This form of weight loss surgery has been performed for over 20 years and is renowned for its significant, long-term results. During Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, the doctor will create a smaller stomach pouch by permanently dividing the existing stomach. This smaller pouch will hold much less food, allowing you to eat less. Once this “mini stomach” is created, the intestines are reconfigured, and a portion of the intestine is removed. The result is a digestive tract that absorbs few calories, allowing you to lose the weight you need to lose.

Are there risks associated with Gastric Bypass Surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks associated with Gastric Bypass Surgery. Some of the more common bypass surgery risks include leakage where the intestine meets the stomach, bowel obstruction, and the formation of gallstones. To make sure you are not suffering from these problems,the doctor will help monitor your recovery and prescribe bile-thinning medication to help with the digestion process.

How much weight can I expect to lose after Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Every patient is different, so it’s hard to determine exactly how much weight you will lose. Most patients lose about two third of their excess weight within the first 18 months after their surgery. This rapid weight loss period may be followed by a short period of slight weight gain while the body stabilizes, and another period of weight loss following that. In the end, you can expect to lose a large amount of weight, and greatly improve many different aspects of your life.

What are the other benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Significant weight loss is only one of many different benefits that weight loss surgery like LAP-BAND® or Gastric Bypass Surgery can provide. Through Gastric Bypass Surgery, you can correct problems like:

  • Sleep apnea
  • Low self-esteem
  • Necessity of diabetes medication
  • Joint problems
  • Heartburn symptoms
  • Risk of heart disease

How long will my Gastric Bypass Surgery take?

Your Gastric Bypass Surgery will take a few hours to complete, and the recovery period will take a few days. Generally, patients are able to get out of bed the same day of the procedure, but are encouraged to stay in the hospital for a few days to make sure complications do not arise. Following the immediate recovery period, there will be three to five weeks to return to your normal lifestyle.