If you are a candidate for weight loss surgery, you are most likely considering all of your options concerning which procedure is right for you. Each bariatric procedure is performed in its unique manner, resulting in different outcomes. At Nix, we have experienced surgeons and staff ready to assist you in determining which bariatric procedure is best for you.

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

This surgery involves a procedure in which the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch, and a much lower remnant pouch and then the small intestine is rearranged to connect to both. After surgery, your stomach will be smaller. You will feel full with less food.

Gastric Bypass is a type of bariatric surgery changes the size of your stomach and the length of your small intestine. The goal is to limit how much food can be eaten and absorbed at one time. During this type of procedure, part of the stomach is closed off with staples to create a smaller pouch. The remainder of the stomach is removed. This smaller stomach restricts the amount of food you can eat at one time. The small intestine is then divided, and only a very short length of its lower portion is reattached to the stomach pouch. Because part or most of the small intestine is bypassed, less food is absorbed.

The surgery will include dividing the small intestine about 18 inches below the stomach and rearranging it in order to provide an outlet to the small stomach and maintain the flow of digestive juices. The lower part of the stomach is “bypassed” and food enters the second part of the small bowel. The surgery restricts food intake causing the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs from eating reduced. As a result of Gastric Bypass, you will feel a very early sense of fullness during meals. Despite the small size of food portion size and intake, you won’t feel starved or deprived. You’ll continue to enjoy food, you’ll just consume a lot less.

Gastric bypass surgery facilitates weight loss by substantially restricting the amount of food a patient intakes as well as decreasing the number of calories absorbed creating fat. A result of Gastric Bypass is you can expect to lose a significant amount of weight and lower your risk of future weight-related health problems such high blood pressure and diabetes.

How to Prepare

After you complete your initial consultation with one of the surgeons at Nix to determine if you are a potential candidate for the operation, you’ll be asked to undergo a series of diagnostic tests and consultations to ensure that you will be able to move forward and perform well during the operation. Our team at Nix will go over with you in detail of all aspects of the procedure and what will occur before and after. Our team is here to assist you in making sure that you are receiving the proper care and what will be the most beneficial for you.

Risks

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur. For any concerns or questions that you may have please contact one of our experienced doctors to guide you on your weight loss journey to find the best option for you.