Reasons To Consider a Gastric Bypass

Reasons To Consider a Gastric Bypass

In recent years, the number of surgical weight loss procedures performed annually in the United States has grown to more than a quarter million. Driven by the desire to lead happier, healthier lives, these people are finding that bariatric surgery is the best way to conquer their weight loss hurdles

Ranking No. 2 on the list of bariatric surgeries is the gastric bypass, which our team of bariatric experts offers here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.

To help you decide among the wide range of effective weight loss surgeries, we want to focus our attention on this unique approach to weight loss.

Gastric bypass surgery explained

Gastric bypass surgery, which we also refer to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a two-part procedure in which we:

Create a new stomach

We use tissue from the top portion of your existing stomach to create a new, much smaller pouch that will essentially act as your stomach. This smaller stomach will prevent you from being able to eat (and store) as much food by allowing you to feel full much faster.

Create a new connection in your small intestine

In the second part of the gastric bypass procedure, we divide your small intestine into two sections. 

We attach the first section directly to your newly created pouch. We then take the second section of your small intestine, which is still attached to your original stomach and join the sections together about 3-4 feet farther down the length of your small bowel.

The goal of this part of the gastric bypass is to circumvent your stomach to prevent storing food, as well as bypass several feet of intestine in which food is absorbed.

This two-pronged approach to your weight loss surgery means you not only feel full more quickly, but you absorb far fewer calories. And with the new pouch, you won’t be influenced by the hunger hormones your old stomach produced.

Who might consider gastric bypass

One of the top reasons people opt for gastric bypass is because it tackles weight loss from every angle — controlling hunger, preventing food storage, and reducing food absorption. Put all together, a gastric bypass helps you lose weight fairly quickly after your surgery.

A gastric bypass procedure can also help with any acid reflux issues that you may have been struggling with because your stomach acids don’t come into contact with your food until the lower portion of your small intestine.

When it comes to whether you’re a candidate, gastric bypass is a good option for people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher. That said, people who have a BMI between 30 and 40, as well as a weight-related health issue or uncontrollable diabetes, may also benefit from a gastric bypass.

If you want to figure out whether a gastric bypass is right for you please contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.

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