Gastric bypass is one of the most popular types of bariatric surgery. During gastric bypass surgery, surgeons alter the stomach and the small intestine for optimal weight loss, making it a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. Gastric bypass is ideal for obese individuals who have struggled to lose excess weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Do you think you could benefit from gastric bypass surgery? Dr. Long, Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery’s bariatric surgeon, can help! Dr. Long opened his practice in 2006 and has been performing gastric bypass surgery near Atlanta, Georgia, since.

To learn more about gastric bypass and determine if this surgery is right for you, contact Birmingham Minimally Invasive by phone, (205) 833-6907.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

There are two ways bariatric surgeons can perform gastric bypass surgery: laparoscopically or openly. Laparoscopy is the preferred choice of many surgeons, including Dr. Long, because it is a minimally invasive procedure. The benefit? Surgeons make smaller incisions, thus allowing patients to have minimal scarring, less pain, and a faster recovery.

The Procedure

Surgeons can complete the gastric bypass procedure in 60 to 120 minutes. At Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, we begin the procedure by administering a general anesthetic. Then, Dr. Long makes up to six small abdominal incisions. Using a laparoscope, he cuts the patient’s stomach to create a small pouch and staples it closed. Next, he separates the lower small intestine from the first and second segments of the intestine and attaches it to the new stomach pouch. These alterations allow food to bypass the lower stomach and the upper intestine, therefore limited the body’s calorie absorption. Finally, Dr. Long checks the connection for leakage.

Patient Recovery

Post-operation, we require patients to recover in the hospital for one to two days. Our team will be present to help you manage pain, provide you with medication, and walk you through the gastric bypass diet. Once we feel you have made an adequate recovery, you will be discharged from the hospital to return home to Atlanta.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Gastric bypass has the longest bariatric surgical history in the United States.
  • Gastric bypass surgery can significantly improve, or even cure, patients’ sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Patients may experience rapid weight loss in the 6 to 8 months post-operation. On average, patients report an excess weight loss of 66 percent.
  • Gastric bypass surgery is an excellent solution to long-term weight loss. The average patient will lose 70% of their excess weight ten years post-operation.

Drawbacks of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • The gastric bypass surgery recovery is longer and more painful than other bariatric procedures and requires patients to stay at the hospital.
  • Gastric bypass is considered reversible ONLY when medically necessary.
  • Patients must take nutritional and mineral supplements for the rest of their life.
  • The connection your surgeon makes between the stomach and lower intestine may begin to leak over time.
  • Around two to five years after gastric bypass surgery, some patients may regain 10-20% of their weight.

Schedule a Consultation With a Certified Bariatric Surgeon Near Atlanta, GA

Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery is just over a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia, meaning Atlanta residents are just over two hours from one of the top bariatric surgeons in the area, Dr. Long.

Dr. Long is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgery. He has been performing gastric bypass surgery since 2002, and his patients have seen outstanding results.

To schedule an online or virtual one-on-one consultation with Dr. Long, call Birmingham Minimally Invasive Surgery, (205) 833-6907, or make an appointment online. He would be happy to discuss your bariatric surgery options and determine if gastric bypass surgery could be of benefit to you!