Gastric Bypass Surgery

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery falls under both the restrictive and malabsorptive categories of weight loss surgery. During the gastric bypass procedure, Dr. Scott Stowers, the bariatric surgeon, first restricts the size of the stomach by creating a pouch with staples or sutures. Then the pouch is routed past the upper section of the small intestine and straight to the middle section, known as the jejunum.  The procedure can be done open or laparoscopically.

The smaller size of the new stomach, combined with the bypass of the section of small intestine where food is chiefly absorbed, work together to enable you to both eat less and absorb fewer calories. Typically, this type of weight loss surgery requires the most lifestyle changes, including avoiding simple sugars, chewing your food to liquid, taking vitamins regularly and not drinking within 30 minutes of a meal. You’ll get a notebook with food guidelines after your surgery to take home and use as a reference.

Gastric Bypass surgery is considered the gold standard of bariatric surgery procedures due to a long-standing track record.  It has been around the longest and it is well documented that patients with Type II diabetes and hypertension will quickly see resolution of those conditions. Initial weight loss tends to be much faster after a gastric bypass surgery than with the Lap Band, and long-term studies show that patients who undergo laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery lose 69 percent to 82 percent of their excess weight in one to four years.

Of course, the procedure is not without its risks. The most common side effects are uncommon and include infection, hernias, ulcers or bleeding.  Dumping syndrome is a very common side effect if patients eat the wrong food.  It is one of the primary keys, however, to a patient’s success.  “Dumping” is the rapid movement of food from the stomach to small intestine. If patients eat simple sugars or simple carbohydrates, they can become dizzy, sweaty and may have to lie down and sleep off the effect.  This deters one from eating those foods again so it is the surgery’s way to prevent one from falling into old bad eating habits.  Because gastric bypass surgery restricts the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients, as well as calories, it is imperative that you follow your doctor’s post-operative guidelines and take the appropriate nutritional supplements to avoid serious health conditions.

If you are considering gastric bypass surgery in Fort Worth, Decatur, or north Texas, call Dr. Stowers and the offices of My Bariatric Solutions at 940.539.9105. Our team of bariatric surgery care specialists will be happy to answer all of your questions, and help you find the treatment option best suited to your specific needs.