Gastric Bypass

If you struggle with obesity or another disease associated with being overweight, gastric bypass surgery can help.

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Understanding
Gastric Bypass Surgery

The gastric bypass procedure has been one of the most popular Bariatric surgery options since the 1960s, as it is a proven technique for long-lasting weight loss.
Gastric bypass surgery has been improved and refined over time. The current technique is called the “Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass. This advanced form of gastric bypass surgery involves two main steps.
First, the upper part of the stomach is stapled to create a small pouch, roughly the size of a golf ball. Then, a portion of the small intestine is attached to the pouch, “bypassing” a large portion of the stomach and the upper segment of the small intestine.
This new stomach pouch allows you to feel full after only a small amount of food, and because food travels a shorter distance through the small intestine, the body absorbs fewer calories. Together, these changes allow for significant weight loss for those who follow their personalized, prescribed postoperative diet and exercise routines.

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How Gastric Bypass Surgery is Performed

Although this procedure is minimally invasive, you will still be placed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be fully unconscious during this stomach surgery. Our trusted anesthesiologists have years of experience treating patients in need of Bariatric surgery.

Our doctors perform this procedure using laparoscopy, a less invasive method. Unlike other weight loss centers that make a large incision in the abdomen, our doctors make a series of small incision, which allows for a camera and other specially designed instruments to be inserted. Using this method, our doctors will be able to perform your gastric bypass surgery with less trauma to your body. Not only will this cut the recovery process, but also leave you with less scarring and lower your chances of surgical complications.

Although it is possible to reverse the gastric bypass procedure, the revision surgery is very complex and is only considered if rare but serious complications occur.

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect from our gastric bypass surgery.

Getting Started with Gastric Bypass Surgery

At Marina Weight Loss Center, it is our mission to help our patients lose weight. Our dedicated, experienced staff is prepared to assist you in finding the right weight loss solution for your exact needs. To make a positive difference in your life and health, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.

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Gastric Bypass Surgery FAQ

If you are like most, you have questions about the gastric bypass surgery. To help you better understand this procedure, please read through our frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions after, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Bullet IconQ. What Are the Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Over the years, gastric bypass surgery has been one of the most effective weight loss procedures for reducing obesity, obesity related diabetes, and other health related conditions. Most patients are able to successfully reach their goals, and retain them in the long-term.
The health benefits of reducing obesity are numerous, and they may include:

  • Remission or disappearance of diabetes-related symptoms
  • Improvement of high blood pressure
  • Reduction of other symptoms of metabolic syndrome
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Improvement of orthopedic issues — joints, bones, muscles
  • Longer life expectancy

Bullet IconQ. When Can I Get Back to Work After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Getting back to work is a primary concern for many people. While this varies based on the individual and the type of work performed, returning to work after two weeks is not unreasonable. Some people take additional time off to ensure that they recuperate fully.
In general, with the use of less-invasive modern surgical techniques, gastric bypass recovery time is relatively short. The exact length varies from patient to patient. Usually, the patient is out of our weight loss center and at home within two days, and the recovery period typically lasts for a total of two weeks.

Bullet IconQ. Are There Any Risks Associated with Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. With any type of medical surgery, there are risks involved. Because we perform our gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically, the risks are generally lower—especially in comparison with the benefits you can receive.
Long-term results include greater mobility and higher energy, the possible remission of weight-related conditions like diabetes, and a longer life expectancy. We are available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Bullet IconQ. What Complications Can Develop from Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Sometimes, side effects develop. Although these may not be serious, it is important that you consult with the appropriate medical professional to confirm whether further evaluation is needed. Of course, you should always feel free to contact our office any time you have questions or concerns regarding your surgery or your health. As a patient with us, you will have access to our program’s registered nurse.
A known complication of gastric bypass surgery is “dumping syndrome,” which can result from eating sweets or eating quickly. Some of the hallmarks of dumping syndrome are sweating, dizziness, anxiety, and other complications. If you experience these symptoms, you should call your doctor, because follow up care may be required.