Gastric Bypass

What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y, is one of the most common weight loss surgeries.

The surgeon creates a small pouch within the stomach and directly connects it to the small intestine. The remainder of the stomach is left in place.

Everything you eat will enter the small pouch and then bypass most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. Less food is absorbed into the body through this route.

Is Gastric Bypass Right for You?

  • Body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher
  • BMI is 35 or higher, and you have a serious weight-related health condition such as type 2 diabetes, severe sleep apnea, or heart disease
  • Weight causes physical limitations that interfere with family, recreation or work activities

Bariatric surgeons at Hackensack Meridian Health are highly experienced in gastric bypass. We can help you decide if this approach is right for you.

Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Greatest weight loss
  • Sustained weight loss
  • Minimally invasive surgery with fewer risks and faster recovery
  • Improves blood sugars and many weight-related problems

Potential Disadvantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Vitamin deficiencies (preventable with supplements and a diet rich in nutrients)
  • Bone calcium loss (preventable with supplements and a diet rich in nutrients)
  • Anemia (preventable with supplements and a diet rich in nutrients)
  • Potential for dumping syndrome – symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness or diarrhea – when eating too much sugar or large amounts of food
  • Bypassed portion of the stomach and small intestine cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy

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