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
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