What it is?
- This is the most common and successful combined procedure for weight loss surgery.
- In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake.
- Then a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass
- Effectively controls food intake thus leads to rapid weight loss
- Controls the urge to take sweet foods
- It can be reversed in case of any medical emergencies but should be considered as a permanent weight loss surgery
Risks associated with Gastric Bypass
- Leak of staple line
- Blockage or undesired narrowing of the stoma
- Vomiting in case food is not properly chewed or is eaten too quickly
- Person can re-gain weight if dietary changes are not followed for a long time.