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At Northwest Weight & Wellness Center (NWWC) in Everett, Washington, our board-certified bariatric surgeons specialize in weight loss solutions without shame—we offer advanced surgical techniques with compassionate, personalized care. We have performed gastric bypass for patients from Seattle, Spokane, and beyond in their quest for a happier and healthier life.


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What is Gastric Bypass Surgery and How Does It Work?

Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and repositions the small intestine to create metabolic changes that help you lose weight. This procedure allows you to feel satisfied sooner with a smaller amount of food; it also helps alter the release of some of the gastrointestinal hormones involved in hunger, so cravings are reduced.

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Benefits of Gastric Bypass

Potential Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source 7 Bariatric Surgery Benefits Besides Helping You Lose Weight Cleveland Clinic Go to Source benefits of gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Helps patients achieve significant, long-term weight loss
  • Improves confidence and overall quality of life
  • Reduces obesity-related health issues, such as hypertension, sleep apnea, and joint pain, and Type 2 diabetes
  • Can improve blood sugar and glucose metabolism
  • May improve fertility

What to Expect from Gastric Bypass Surgery

Preparing for Gastric Bypass

The first step is a consultation appointment at our Everett, WA clinic. One of our experienced bariatric surgeons will review your medical history, discuss your goals and answer any questions. If gastric bypass is right for you, we will create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Your Gastric Bypass Procedure

Gastric bypass is typically an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia. Our surgeons are highly skilled in laparoscopic techniques, which allow for smaller incisions and an easier recovery.

Recovery After Gastric Bypass

You will need to refrain from strenuous activity for several weeks after gastric bypass surgery. Many patients can get back to work or light activity within one week, but your surgeon will evaluate your progress and guide you in your recovery. Our team of experts, including a dietitian, will provide support for your post-procedure diet and return to activity.

Gastric Bypass Results

Gastric bypass surgery is a powerful tool and patients who commit to a healthy lifestyle can expect a Trusetd Source Checkbox Trusted Source Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery American Academy of Family Physicians Go to Source weight loss of up to 70% in the first two years. Read success stories from NWCC patients

Comparison of Surgical Procedures

Lap Band Surgery graphic Gastric Band
Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Bypass graphic Gastric Bypass
Duodenal Switch
Average amount of weight lost
Up to 50% of excess weight
Up to 70% of excess weight
Up to 80% of excess weight
Up to 80% of excess weight
Rate of weight loss
Moderate to fast
Complication rate
  • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased hunger
  • Long-term weight loss
  • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
  • Decreased hunger
  • Long-term weight loss
    • Improvement of conditions such as Type 2 diabetes
    • Decreased hunger
    • Long-term weight loss
  • High rate of complications
  • Lower rate of weight loss
  • Requires ongoing maintenance
  • Not reversible
  • Not reversible
  • Potential for malnutrition
    • Not reversible
    • Potential for malnutrition

    Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Bypass

    How do I know which weight loss procedure is right for me?

    We offer a full range of weight loss procedures and we will work with you to determine which is best for you.

    Will insurance cover bariatric surgery?

    Many insurance companies offer coverage for weight loss surgery, including gastric bypass. We can help figure out what your plan covers and we can also review your self-pay and financing options. Find out if your insurance provider covers weight loss surgery by completing the free insurance check form.

    What are the risks of gastric sleeve surgery?

    All surgical procedures carry some risk of side effects or complications, such as infection or bleeding. The risks of gastric bypass can be minimized when you choose a qualified surgeon and follow all pre and post- surgical instructions.

    Will I have to eat a special diet after gastric bypass surgery?

    Yes, it is necessary for your recovery to eat a diet of only liquids in the initial recovery period, with a gradual return to soft foods. Rest assured that our team will provide all the information you need for your pre and post surgery diet.

    Do you accept traveling patients?

    Yes, we know that finding high quality bariatric care is not always easy and we welcome patients who choose to travel to NWWC for care from our award-winning surgeons. We have helped many patients from Seattle and Spokane, Washington as well as those who travel from Alaska, Idaho, and Canada. Find out more about traveling for surgery.

    Contact Us

    At Northwest Weight & Wellness Center, we know that bariatric surgery is about more than just weight loss; we are dedicated to your health and empowerment. Contact us to learn more or schedule your consultation appointment.

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    Great all-around support! I had my original lap band in 2008, revised to gastric bypass in 2012, and they still have support for me! I'm still losing, and plan to keep on going with their help.
    Moira G. - Via Facebook
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    Carol E. - Via Facebook

    1 Cleveland Clinic. 7 Bariatric Surgery Benefits Besides Helping You Lose Weight. Available:https://health.clevelandclinic.org/7-bariatric-surgery-benefits-besides-helping-you-lose-weight/ Accessed July 6, 2022.

    2 American Academy of Family Physicians. Treatment of Adult Obesity with Bariatric Surgery. Available:https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2016/0101/p31.html. Accessed July 6, 2022.

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