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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
302-320-4175