Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Why Should You Consider it?

  • It has the longest track record in the US, having been performed since 1967.
  • It combines “restriction” and “malabsorption.”
    • Restriction means “create a stomach pouch that holds 1-2 ounces.”
    • Malabsorption means “a 100 cm limb of small intestine is bypassed by attaching to the pouch.”
  • It is very effective in obtaining and maintaining long-term weight loss.
  • 66% of weight loss occurs in the first 6-8 months after surgery.
  • An Average of 60-80% of excess body weight is lost by the end of 2 years.
  • At the 10 year mark, the average patient will have lost about 70% of their excess weight and kept it off.

Gastric Bypass Procedure

There are two steps of a gastric bypass procedure. First, a small stomach pouch is created to restrict food intake. Then, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch. This allows 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). Gastric Bypass reduces the absorption of nutrients, therefore reducing calorie intake.

At the start of the procedure you will be given general anesthesia which will put you to sleep and inhibit you from feeling pain. The surgeon will then create 4 to 6 small surgical openings in your abdomen. Through these openings, the laparoscope and small surgical instruments will be introduced. The surgeon will divide the stomach and re-route the small intestine. Once complete, the surgeon will check the new connections and make certain there are no leaks.

Gastric Bypass surgery takes about 60 to 120 minutes. This is an inpatient procedure which requires a one to two night hospital stay. Depending on your condition, you may be required to follow a gastric bypass diet before and immediately following the operation. You will be given medications to help alleviate any pain or discomfort. Birmingham Minimally Invasive will provide you with a specialized diet plan to follow post-recovery.

What Are The Advantages Of Gastric Bypass?

  • Long track record in the US
  • Rapid weight loss in the first six months
  • Best operation to cure diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea
  • Tend to lose more weight than patients after gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy

What Are The Disadvantages Of Gastric Bypass?

  • Longer recovery time
  • Not considered reversible, but could be reversed if medically necessary
  • Staple line can leak after surgery
  • Minor late weight regain 10-20% after 2-5 yrs
  • Nutritional/mineral supplements required for life
Contact Us Today!

Discuss your options with our team of professionals! Together we will explore the pros and cons of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass and decide if it is the right surgery for you. Birmingham Minimally Invasive has helped many patients take control of their lives. We are upfront about the cost of Gastric Bypass surgery, and are happy to work with you to find a viable payment option.