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Gastric Bypass

 

Gastric Bypass Surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, helps clients lose weight in two ways. In the first method, the stomach is divided, or resectioned using tiny staples and/or suturing creating a tiny “pouch”. This pouch is only able to hold about 1-2 ounces of solid food, so the amount of food a client can eat is greatly reduced. The second method resects the small intestine and reattaches it in such a way that the duodenum, and part of the jejunum is bypassed. This causes some malabsorption of calories and fat and also assists in weight loss.  Gastric Bypass is known as a “combination malabsorptive and restrictive” procedure, meaning that it works by utilizing both restriction of calories as well as limiting the absorption of some calories and fat.  Gastric bypass for weight loss is done laparoscopically through tiny “holes” in the abdomen making it less invasive and safer than traditional “open” procedures.