Gastric Bypass Surgery is one of the most common weight loss surgery procedures performed today.

In normal digestion, food passes through the stomach and enters the small intestine , where most of the nutrients and calories are absorbed. It then passes into the large intestine (colon), and the remaining waste is eventually excreted. In a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a small pouch is created along the inner curve of the stomach and a segment of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass a portion of the intestine.

Gastric Bypass Surgery is both a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. This results in weight loss via reduced calorie and nutrition absorption.
Gastric Bypass Surgery

Advantages of Gastric Bypass

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Maximized weight loss
  • Sustained weight loss

Disadvantages of Gastric Bypass

  • Dumping Syndrome (stomach contents moving too rapidly through the intestine causing side effects of nausea, weakness and sweating) in approximately 30% of patients
  • Increased risk of nutritional deficiencies
  • Increased risk of anemia
  • Decreased absorption of Iron and Calcium

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