What is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, leaving a very small pouch. Since the pouch can only process a few ounces of food at a time, you just can't eat as much as you did before surgery. And since most of the stomach and some of the small intestine have been bypassed, nutrients and calories will not be absorbed by your body.
You lose weight - quickly and reliably. And, because the procedure is most often performed laparoscopically, recovery time is minimal.
Those who have undergone the procedure display an exceptionally high success rate for losing weight and keeping it off. In fact, the Annals of Surgery 2000 reported 95% of gastric bypass patients experienced a significant improvement in their quality of life.
Altering aspects of your lifestyle can help your treatment proceed more smoothly. If you qualify for gastric bypass surgery, you must attend orientation classes and a personal evaluation session. In addition to individual counseling from our staff, you will meet with support groups to share experiences and challenges. For your convenience, all support groups and follow-up appointments are held right in the St. Mary's Weight Management Center.