Gastric Bypass
Also known as the Roux-en-Y, gastric bypass is a combination obesity surgery procedure that involves stapling the stomach to create a smaller pouch. Then this new pouch is connected directly to the lower small intestine, bypassing the main stomach and the upper small intestine. Patients eat less and therefore absorb fewer calories. The smaller stomach and shortened digestion time often lead to successful weight loss in more than 90% of patients. While it can be done laparoscopically, not all patients are candidates for the minimally invasive approach.
Expected weight loss of 75 percent of the patient’s excess weight. Most patients lose nearly half of their excess weight in the first year following the surgery and continue to lose weight after.
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Advantages of Gastric Bypass

Rapid initial weight loss

Higher total average weight loss than with other bariatric surgeries

Minimally invasive approach is possible

Longest-used technique in the U.S.

Disadvantages of Gastric Bypass

Cutting and stapling of the stomach and bowel are required

Medical complications may arise due to nutritional deficiencies


Extremely difficult to reverse

High risk of complications during surgery than with other procedures

Higher mortality rate than with other weight loss surgical procedures

Reduced absorption of essential nutrients

Risks and Early Complications
Risks and complications are associated with all major surgical procedures. Severe obesity increases the risks of some complications. They include:


Blood clots



Nutritional deficiencies


Dry skin

Hair thinning or loss

Loss of taste or appetite

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It’s extremely important to discuss the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery with your surgeon. You may also attend one of our seminars with family and friends to understand it better. To learn more about gastric bypass, attend a seminar or view a seminar online.

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  • Obalon is recommended for those with a BMI of 30-40.
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