All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

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Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery, sometimes called stomach stapling, reduces the size of the stomach so it can only hold a small amount of food.  This causes you to feel full very quickly. In addition, a “shortcut” is created to the stomach with the small intestine, causing food to “bypass” a portion of the digestive process. This “bypassing” allows for fewer calories to be absorbed  lose weight.

Advantages of the gastric bypass

  • Average gastric bypass patients will lose approximately 80% of their excess body weight
  • The stomach is reduced to the size of an egg and the amount of food that can be eaten is restricted.
  • The anatomic and hormonal changes associated with the gastric bypass reduce hunger in patients.

Disadvantages of the gastric bypass

  • Gastric Bypass is considered permanent but in rare circumstances can be reversed.

Risks/Complications related to the gastric bypass

  • Standard risks associated with surgery, like pain, bleeding, blood clots and infection.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • “Dumping syndrome” which includes dizziness, lightheadedness and diarrhea after eating high sugar foods.
  • Ulcers that can cause bleeding or perforations (holes in the bowel). This is more commonly seen in smokers and patients taking NSAIDS (ibuprofen, advil, aleve for example).
  • Leakage and/or bleeding at the suture/staple line.
  • Vitamin and protein deficiency

Take the first step right now. Register online for one of our free seminars, or call 800-693-2273.

Bariatric Surgery Services of ChristianaCare
501 West 14th Street
Wilmington Hospital
Gateway Building, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801 directions