Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery involves making the stomach smaller by dividing it into a small upper “pouch” and a larger bottom section, then attaching the pouch directly to the small intestine. The result is that you feel full with less food and absorb less calories, which can mean significant weight loss, dramatically improving health and quality of life, and giving you the body you’ve always wanted.

While some gastric bypass surgeries will be traditional “Open” surgeries using large incisions, most are performed laparoscopically, meaning your surgeon will work through several smaller incisions made in your abdomen. After making initial incisions, your surgeon makes a cut across the top of your stomach, sealing it off from the rest of the stomach and creating the pouch. The resulting pouch is about as small as a walnut, and can only hold about an ounce of food; much less than the 3 pints of food your stomach can normally hold. Once the pouch is created, your surgeon will cut the small intestine and sew it directly to the pouch. When you eat, food will go into this smaller pouch then directly into the small intestine sewn to it, bypassing most of your stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

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