Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Specialist
Gastric bypass is the most popular surgical option among those seeking bariatric surgery. The team of top-notch surgeons at Central California Surgery, located in Stockton and Modesto, California, are well-versed in this procedure as they’ve successfully helped many patients achieve weight loss to improve their health. Contact Central California Surgery to learn more and schedule your consultation today.

Gastric Bypass Q & A

What is gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is historically the most sought-after surgical weight loss procedure. It’s reserved for those who are living with obesity and have been unsuccessful with other non-surgical methods of weight loss. The operation generally involves shrinking your stomach pouch, restricting future food intake.

There are two types of gastric bypass surgery:

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
This is the more common of the two. The surgeon surgically reduces the stomach pouch, then reroutes the digestive system by attaching a Y-shaped section of the small intestine to the pouch. This creates a bypass for food that will limit the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed by your body.

Extensive gastric bypass
This type of gastric bypass surgery is more complicated, requiring a removal of the lower part of your stomach. The surgeon attaches a small pouch to the end of the small intestine to completely bypass the first two parts of your digestive system. While highly effective for weight loss, this option is less popular because of a high risk for complication.

What are risks of gastric bypass surgery?

There are several risks post-surgery you must be aware of:

Pouch-stretching
The stomach may naturally stretch out over time and regress back to its original size.

Breakdown of staple lines
The staples may come apart.

Nutritional, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies
The surgery entails restricting nutrients absorbed by your body, and can potentially leave you short in some areas of nutrition, vitamins, and minerals.

Stomal stenosis
The connection between the stomach and small intestine may narrow, creating nausea, vomiting, reflux, and the inability to eat. You will need to seek dilation for this symptom.

Dumping syndrome
When food moves too quickly from the stomach to the small intestine, you may experience symptoms, such as nausea, weakness, sweating, fainting, and occasionally diarrhea after eating.

Gallstones
Gallstones are prone to forming after rapid weight loss. You can seek medication from your doctor.

How can I foster proper healing post-surgery?

There are several measures you should take in order to reduce risks of post-surgery complications, including:

  • Taking your pain medications
  • Hydrate (Drink water)
  • Sleep
  • Using a cough pillow to cushion physical reflexes
  • Avoiding soaking in a bath to ensure proper healing of incisions
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