Gastric Bypass Surgery – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Gastric bypass surgery is a form of bariatric surgery which divides the stomach’s small upper pouch from the lower, larger section. The smaller section is then connected directly to the small intestine, while the larger section remains connected as normal.
By separating the stomach into two separate pouches the gastric bypass procedure will reduce your appetite and cravings, helping a patient lose weight. Further down the road, we re-connect the small intestine to itself where the digestive juices from the liver and pancreas can combine with the food and process properly.
Gastric bypass surgery promotes healthier eating habits and has a positive impact on your body’s hormones. High calorie foods that have little nutritional value will often have negative side effects on patients including vomiting and diarrhea. Many patients cite this deterrent as the most important factor in proper weight loss.
What are the Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?
While Gastric bypass surgery is not recommended for everyone, patients who go through this weight loss surgery can expect the following:
- Expedited weight loss
- Lose 2-4 pounds per week following surgery
- Feel full quickly
- Get rid of cravings for certain foods
- Improved appetite control
- Lose 60-70% of excess weight over 1-2 years
- Limiting the effects of diabetes
- High blood pressure gone for about 75% of patients
- Improved cholesterol for about 95% of patients
- Joint and back pain gone for about 40% of patients
- Alleviate sleep apnea
*Individual weight loss results may vary.
What Can I Expect from Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery isn’t suited for everyone. As with other weight loss surgeries, the most important outcome is shedding excess weight and helping keep it off by limiting caloric intake.
Since gastric bypass surgery is performed laparoscopically, recovery time is minimized, with patients often returning to work within two weeks. Like any weight loss or obesity surgery, it is important to follow a good bariatric nutrition plan, a progressive aerobic exercise schedule and take a good multi-vitamin twice a day. All patients, regardless of which bariatric operation they have, are highly encouraged to participate in a high protein, low carbohydrate nutrition plan that we will customize for you.