Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass SurgeryGastric bypass surgery restricts the amount of food that can be eaten. Food is swallowed into a small upper gastric (stomach) pouch, which is separated from the rest of the stomach. The food in the pouch then empties slowly into a limb of small bowel, and permanently bypasses the rest of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine.

The gastric bypass procedure is frequently performed laparoscopically. This means that instruments are inserted through small incisions. Patients benefit by having a faster recovery, a lower risk of complications and less scarring.

After surgery, from 50 to 75 percent of excess body weight is usually lost over the next 12 to 14 months.

Some malabsorption of food is caused by the bypass. Malabsorption is a term used to describe a problem with the digestive tract’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from food. It is important to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement, calcium and vitamin B12 regularly after surgery.

To register for a free informational seminar or to make an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at Jeanes, click here or call 215-728-CARE (2273).


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