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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Surgery

For decades, surgeons have worked to develop a safe and effective operation to treat obesity. Gastric bypass surgery, which has been performed for several decades, has been refined and can now be performed laparoscopically - through smaller incisions, using a camera and special instruments. This has resulted in an operation that is easier on patients and has fewer complications. Today, gastric bypass surgery is regarded as a safe and effective treatment for obesity.

Gastric bypass surgery greatly reduces the size of the stomach. After surgery, the individual must eat much smaller meals, much more slowly. As a result, far fewer calories are absorbed. This permanent surgical change leads to gradual, steady weight loss during the first one to two years after surgery.

During a gastric bypass, a new smaller pouch of stomach is created to limit the amount of food it can hold. In addition, the surgeon also performs a bypass procedure which creates a direct connection from the small pouch to the lower part of the small intestine, therefore bypassing portions of the digestive tract that absorb calories and nutrients.

Potentially the most effective and least invasive surgical weight loss option available, robot-assisted gastric bypass simply enhances a talented surgeon’s minimally invasive techniques by offering them enhanced visualization and dexterity.  These enhancements can provide patients numerous benefits including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities.

For additional information on gastric bypass surgery or other types of weight loss surgery, please attend one of our in person weight loss seminars.

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