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Laparoscopic Gastric BypassLaparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery. The surgeon creates a small 1-oz. pouch and connects it to the small intestine, separating food and digestive juices by 3-5 feet.This procedure significantly restricts the volume of food that can be consumed. It produces mild malabsorbtion and may result in "dumping syndrome" when sugars or fats are eaten. Patients are usually hospitalized for 2-3 days and return to work after 2-3 weeks. Gastric Bypass requires a lifetime supplement regimen including a multivitamin, vitamin B12 and calcium (plus iron for menstruating women). For the first 12-18 months following the surgery, patients must consume a very low calorie diet. Long-term dietary requirements include small, high protein, low calorie meals; avoidance of sugar and fats to prevent dumping syndrome; and vitamin supplements to prevent vitamin and protein deficiencies. This type of weight loss is most effective for patients with a BMI of 35-55 kg/m2 and those who have a preference for sweets.

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