GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
Gastric Bypass Surgery
About Gastric Bypass Surgery
The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, also called the gastric bypass or bypass surgery, reduces the size of the stomach and repositions the small intestine to create metabolic changes that help you lose weight. Having a smaller stomach pouch allows you to feel satisfied sooner and eat less. Bypassing a portion of the small intestine helps alter the release of some of the gastrointestinal hormones involved in helping you feel less hungry as well as improve sugar or glucose metabolism for type 2 diabetics.
The Minimally Invasive Procedure
A small camera is passed through a port into the abdomen so the surgeon can view the operative site on a nearby video monitor. Delicate instruments are used to perform the operation through five to six small incisions. This laparoscopic approach to surgery has many advantages over surgery using larger incisions. Some of the benefits include less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery and better cosmetic results.
Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Laparoscopic approach.
- Reduces stomach capacity.
- Reduces the amount of food that can be eaten at a meal.
- Promotes rapid weight loss.
- Small incisions and minimal scarring.
- May be effective for some type 2 diabetics who are unable to control their blood sugar using medications alone.
- Has been shown to improve obesity-related diseases, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Does not require an implanted medical device.