Also known as Roux-en-Y surgery, gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common procedures performed to aid in weight loss. Furthermore, this is the preferred technique for weight loss surgery, according to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS). For patients seeking to reduce excess weight, our experienced bariatric surgeons may be able to help.
A gastric bypass is performed as a laparoscopic bariatric surgery—an approach that is typically less invasive than traditional, “open” methods. During the operation, one of our skilled surgeons will use very fine instruments through tiny incisions, called keyholes, to reduce the size of the stomach. This new, smaller stomach helps to restrict food intake. Our bariatric surgeon will then attach a piece of the small intestine, which is partly responsible for food absorption, to the newly reduced stomach pouch. As a result, food can “bypass” a significant portion of the small intestine so fewer calories are absorbed. Patients experience weight loss as a result of eating less as well as absorbing fewer calories.
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Benefits of Gastric Bypass
Among the many obesity treatments available, gastric bypass surgery has typically shown extraordinary results. Within the first two years after surgery, most patients are able to reduce their excess body weight by as much as 60 to 80 percent, though individual results will vary. The most substantial amount of weight will usually be lost in the first six months, with results gradually reducing from that point. However, the gastric bypass procedure has been proven to offer longer-lasting effects in some cases, including incidents of people experiencing post-surgical weight loss for as long as 10 years. Those committed to lifestyle changes that include a nutritious diet and exercise regimen often prove the most successful. Before-and-after photos of our patient success stories are available.
Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks
As with all surgical procedures, gastric bypass surgery poses some risk. Some of the potential complications include:
- Dumping syndrome: A condition that occurs when foods with a high-sugar content are consumed. Symptoms include sweating, stomach cramps, dizziness, weakness, and diarrhea.
- Excess skin: Weight gain can lead to skin inelasticity, often resulting in excess skin when that weight is lost. Patients may desire plastic surgery to correct the areas of concern.
- Reduced mineral absorption: Certain vitamins, including B12 and iron, may not absorb as well after surgery. Patients are encouraged to take a daily multivitamin to help balance their diet.
Gastric Bypass Surgery Cost
The gastric bypass procedure may be covered by health insurance. However, some health care providers require patients to undergo a supervised diet prior to surgery or have a consultation with a medical specialist before approving the operation. Griffin Hospital and our friendly, knowledgeable bariatric team will be happy to help people better understand the terms of their coverage, assist in completing any paperwork necessary, and pursue treatment approval. We also work with a finance company specializing in weight loss surgery that can help individuals who are denied coverage.
Gastric Bypass Surgeons
Our weight loss program is one of the best options for bariatric surgery in Connecticut. Our experienced surgeons, friendly staff, and technologically advanced facilities are first-rate.
If you have additional questions about gastric bypass surgery and our weight loss program, or if you wish to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.