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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Developed and refined over many years, gastric bypass surgery has proven to be a safe, effective and permanent weight loss solution. It can be done using an open or laproscopic method.

Open Gastric Bypass Surgery
In open gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon permanently divides the stomach to create a small, new stomach. This is done by stapling the stomach across the top, which seals it off from the rest of the stomach.

Next, the surgeon attaches a section of the small intestine to the little stomach. This allows food to bypass most of the stomach and the first section of the small intestine. Even though food never enters the lower part of the stomach, the stomach stays healthy and continues to secrete digestive juices to mix with food in the small intestine.

Gastric Bypass Surgery Illustration

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
In laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon inserts a small tubular instrument through small incisions in the abdomen. The instrument has a tiny camera on the end, allowing the surgeon excellent visualization of the inside of the abdomen. Compared with the traditional "open" bypass procedure, the laparoscopic technique usually shortens the hospital stay and leads to a quicker recovery. Also, fewer wound-related problems occur.

Free Informational Seminar

For an in-depth look at gastric bypass surgery, we strongly suggest attending one of our Free Informational Seminars.

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Surgery Options

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