Gastric bypass is the most effective type of weight-loss surgery to date. You can lose more than 80% of you excess body weight in the first year.
However, this surgery can’t be seen as a quick fix or a shortcut for obesity! It can only be considered when diet and exercise are not enough or if you have serious medical conditions because of your weight.
Whichever your case, if you are considering weight loss surgery, talk to your surgeon about the different techniques to decide which one is the right fit for you.
What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is the gold standard of bariatric surgery.
This surgical procedure involves using surgical staples to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. Indeed, the procedure can reduce your stomach size from 1500ml to 30ml. It will have about the size of a walnut, with a capacity of only an ounce of food.
Then, the newly created stomach pouch is directly connected to the small intestine through a join or anastomosis. Also, the main stomach is sewn far down to the middle part of the small intestine.
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky (Bariatric surgery specialist)
Updated on January 18, 2022