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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.

What is Minimally invasive or Laparoscopic Surgery?

This is a type of surgery that uses small incisions which long skinny instruments and a video camera are passed to do operations that used to be done through large (open) incisions.  We view this as major surgery through minor holes.  Because the incisions are so small, you will have less pain, barely noticeable scars, and return to normal activities more quickly.  The operations are usually less than an hour and you will go home the same day.

How do surgeons learn to do this?

Most surgeons get training in the basic aspects of laparoscopic surgery during their residency.  Residency is a period of training that lasts from 4-6 years following medical school depending on the surgical discipline.  Our surgeons trained for 5 years in residency.

Our surgeons also completed an additional year of intense, highly advanced training called a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.  Both were trained at the Texas Endosurgery Institute where many of the current laparoscopic surgical procedures were developed.  Both of our surgeons have been involved in teaching hundreds of other surgeons both nationally and internationally and have published several papers in the field.  They have been doing advanced Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery since the turn of the century.

Additionally, both of our surgeons graduated from medical school with Alpha Omega Alpha Honors – and esteemed recognition granted to only the top 3% of each medical school class.

Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass Surgery

Those who pursue laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery on average report a loss of 70% to 75% of excess weight on average in the first year.

Ongoing success is a combination of multiple factors including routine follow-up visits with your care team, monthly support groups, diet and exercise changes, and mental health care.

Please speak with your surgeon at your consult about your specific expected outcomes.

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.