Gastric Bypass

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Weight Loss Institute of Arizona

Weight Loss Surgery & Bariatric Center located in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, & Phoenix, AZ

If your weight is preventing you from living life to its fullest, you may want to consider gastric bypass surgery. One of the most common weight loss surgeries in the United States, gastric bypass has helped thousands of people achieve significant weight loss so they can lead healthy, active lives. A consultation with one of the caring providers at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona can determine if gastric bypass surgery is right for you. There are two clinics in Tempe, and further branches in Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, and Phoenix, Arizona. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Gastric Bypass Q & A

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y, is a surgical procedure in which a small pouch is created from your stomach, and the pouch is then connected directly to your small intestine. After your surgery, the food you eat will enter this pouch, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

Your new stomach will be much smaller so you won’t be able to eat as much as you did before the procedure. Because part of the small intestine is eliminated from the digestion process, your body also will absorb fewer calories from your food than it did previously.

Are there different types of gastric bypass surgery?

The skilled surgeons at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona perform both laparoscopic gastric bypass and open gastric bypass.

Laparoscopic gastric bypass

This technique involves a series of small incisions that make it possible to insert a tiny camera and guide surgical instruments where they’re needed. Laparoscopic surgery reduces the risk of complications, minimizes scarring, and shortens recovery time.

Open gastric bypass

The open approach to surgery involves a long incision that gives the surgeon direct access to the abdomen. If you’ve previously had abdominal surgery, have a very high BMI, or have complicating medical issues, you may require an open procedure.

Why should I consider gastric bypass?

If you have a BMI over 40 and you’ve tried dieting and exercising with minimal results, gastric bypass can help you lose the weight. Losing weight can reduce your risk of weight-related diseases, including:

  • Acid reflux
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Sleep apnea

For many patients, weight-related health problems are significantly improved, or even resolved, within a year of surgery.

What are the risks of gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is major surgery, so if you have the procedure, you assume some risks, such as infection, excessive bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia.

Risks and complications specific to gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Bowel obstruction
  • Malnutrition
  • Stomach perforation
  • Ulcers
  • Vomiting

Dumping syndrome, a condition where food and digestive juices move from your stomach to your small intestine too quickly, is common after gastric bypass. Dumping syndrome can usually be controlled through dietary changes.

To find out more about gastric bypass surgery, call one of the offices, request a consultation online or sign up for a weight loss seminar offered at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona.