Gastric Bypass is a procedure where a portion of the stomach is sectioned off, creating a small stomach pouch, about the size of a small egg. This stomach pouch is directly attached to your intestine so food bypasses the larger stomach. This small stomach pouch causes the feeling of fullness after just a few bites of food, and eating a lot less is where a majority of your weight loss comes from. If a few bites of food sounds like a terrifyingly low amount, don’t worry since the stomach pouch stretches over time allowing you to eat more.
Additionally, 5 feet of small intestine is bypassed which helps with greater weight loss by not absorbing all the nutrients that you eat. Unlike the Gastric band or the Gastric Sleeve, this procedure causes “Dumping Syndrome” which is really an uneasiness felt by eating sweets. Eating sweets can actually cause your blood sugar levels to drop, making you feel dizzy, weak, have abdominal pain, sweating… its not very pleasurable. Patients with the gastric bypass start avoiding sweets. A few M&Ms may be okay, but a pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream likely won’t. Avoiding sweets adds to increased weight loss and long term weight maintenance.
This procedure is performed laparoscopically using 5-6 tiny skin incisions in the abdomen, by which a small camera and instruments are passed into the abdominal cavity. These instruments are then used to perform the operation. This technique offers smaller scars and a quicker recovery time.
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