Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss at Medical City Plano

Anatomy of a Stomach The gastric bypass is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. It restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.

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A small stomach pouch is created at the top of the stomach to restrict food intake. Then, a section of the small intestine is attached directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass the lower stomach and a portion of the small intestine. You will feel full sooner and eat less. Bypassing a part of the small intestine means the body absorbs fewer calories. The hunger hormone Ghrelin is reduced thus decreasing the sensation of hunger. Due to the nature of this procedure it is not reversible.

Advantages Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Patients can expect to lose 80% or more of their excess weight at the end of one year.
  • Weight loss begins immediately.
  • Diminished sensation of hunger - Patient often feel less hungry and state the desire to eat is reduced.
  • Does not require implanting an artificial device in the abdomen.
  • Does not require manipulation as with the adjustable gastric band.
  • It has been shown to resolve conditions like diabetes and hypertension

Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Leaks can occur and may be from staple lines or due to poor healing.
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiency. The gastric bypass is designed to limit absorption as a result vitamin and mineral deficiencies can occur. Patients will be on lifelong vitamin supplementation. It is recommended that all patients have their vitamin levels checked at regular intervals.
  • Dumping syndrome is an unpleasant side effect that may include vomiting, nausea, faintness, sweating and diarrhea. This occurs due to eating foods high in sugars or carbohydrates.
  • Weight gain can occur if patients do not comply with the appropriate dietary guidelines. It is recommended that all patients follow up at regular intervals during the first year and yearly thereafter with their surgeon's office. The best prevention to weight gain is early identification of maladaptive behaviors and modifying them.
  • Due to the nature of this procedure it is not reversible.