A small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients and thereby reduces the calorie intake.
During a gastric bypass, you will be given general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep and feel no pain throughout the procedure. Your surgeon will then create 4 to 6 small surgical openings on your abdomen. The laparoscope and small surgical instruments are introduced through these openings into your abdomen. Your surgeon will then divide your stomach and re-route your small intestine. At the end of the operation, the surgeon will check the new connections to make sure there are no leaks.
Gastric bypass is an inpatient procedure requiring a hospital stay of 1-2 nights. The surgery takes about 60 to 120 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may be given a clear-liquid diet the day of your surgery. You may be able to start a pureed diet before you go home. You will be given medications to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. You will be instructed on a special diet plan to follow after surgery.
Discuss your options with one of our seasoned professionals. Together we will explore the pros and cons of Gastric Bypass and whether it’s the right surgery for you. Gastric bypass surgery from the doctors at Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery has helped many patients take control of their lives.