Gastric Bypass Surgery
Begin Your Path to Weight Loss
First performed for weight loss more than 30 years ago, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery is the most common and successful weight loss procedure worldwide. The N.E.W. Program has some of the most extensive experience in this technique in America.
During this surgery, a small stomach pouch is created, and a section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the stomach and move directly into the intestines. This causes food intake restriction and a feeling of early fullness. The size of the pouch and the opening between the stomach pouch and the intestine are very important. Our surgeons are very meticulous in creating the correct result.
Understanding the Procedure
The bypass of the very first part of the small intestine, the duodenu, is a very important component of the gastric bypass and results in a dramatic improvement in Type-2 Diabetes. In fact, many patients with Type-2 diabetes will experience a complete remission of their diabetes and have normal blood sugar levels without the need for medication long before they lose a substantial amount of weight. This “Diabetes Effect” has led to an entirely new field of research concerning the use of surgery to resolve diabetes in normal-weight individuals.
The gastric bypass procedure has a low complication rate, a strong effect on diabetes, and yields excellent weight loss—as long as it’s performed by a surgeon with expertise and skill.
Eating & Hunger After the Procedure
After a gastric bypass, people can generally eat regular food. However, many report that certain food “cravings” are gone. Patients may experience a lack of hunger, though this will improve with some time. A patient will typically feel fuller after eating smaller amounts of food, and many of their previous cravings will fall away.
The first few months after the operation, a patient will need to quickly adapt to their new eating style, following The N.E.W. Program nutritional guidelines whenever applicable. This will allow eating to become much easier within just a few months.
What to Expect in Terms of Weight Loss
Generally, most patients will lose an average of 70 to 80% of excess weight over the course of 2 years following the procedure. During the first 6 months, this weight loss will be much more extreme, tapering down with time. Gastric bypass is one of the best-studied weight loss operations, with some studies showing successful weight loss continued up to 20 years following the procedure.
With minimally invasive techniques, gastric bypass has become an even more popular weight loss solution for patients. At The N.E.W. Program, we have performed in excess of 3,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures—far exceeding the acceptable average. We are highly qualified to perform gastric bypass surgery.