Gastric Bypass

A laparoscopic surgical weight loss procedure, designed to allow for quicker recovery and less scarring.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a surgical weight loss procedure that uses staples to permanently close part of the stomach; creating a smaller pouch that limits the amount of food you eat in order to feel “full.”

How Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

Attached to the smaller stomach pouch that is created during a gastric bypass operation is a Y-shaped portion that is taken from a lower part of the small intestine. Combined, these stomach and intestine alterations allow food that is eaten to “bypass” the initial part of the intestine that is responsible for absorbing calories and nutrients after you eat. The upper portion of the small intestine is then reconnected to the lower portion of the small intestine which allows any food that is eaten to be completely digested. 
Lakewood Regional Medical Center offers a laparoscopic option for the gastric bypass surgery procedure, which means several small incisions are made on the abdomen and laparoscopic tools are used to help the surgeon visualize the abdominal cavity while performing the operation. This is an alternative to a traditional “open” surgery that typically requires one long incision in order to access the abdomen. Performing gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically can aid in a faster recovery for patients as well as less scarring than open surgery.No matter the type of weight loss surgery performed, it is important for patients to work with their doctors to change former lifestyle habits after surgery and to replace them with healthy food choices, regular exercise and a regimen of vitamin supplementation.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Weight loss surgery may be an option for adults with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious health problems related to obesity. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like any surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

For those who are unable to lose and maintain weight loss through a structured, medically supervised weight loss program which includes strict dietary management, exercise, lifestyle modifications and/or medication, you may be a candidate for gastric bypass surgery.

Additional candidacy considerations include:

  • 18 years old and older
  • Experiencing personal, work-related or relationship issues as a result of obesity
  • Ability to commit to long-term medical follow-up including dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes required to maintain health after weight loss surgery
  • Willingness to undergo psychological evaluation to determine emotional healthy necessary to understand weight loss surgery decision

Find out More about Gastric Bypass Surgery

Want to know more about gastric bypass surgery at Lakewood Regional Medical Center?

The weight loss surgery team at Lakewood Regional Medical Center is here to help you Find Your Healthier Self.

To assist you in the journey, we also offer the following services:

  • Weight Loss Surgery Assessment
  • Weight Loss Surgery Education Seminars
  • Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups
  • Health Screenings

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