Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is among the most popular of all weight loss surgery options. Within this procedural category, the most common gastric bypass surgery is a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Hundreds of thousands of these surgeries are performed annually, thus allowing an increasing number of patients the health benefits that long-term weight loss can provide. Since its approval in 1993, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has permitted patients to spend less time in the hospital, reduced recovery times, and decreased scarring from the procedure.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Hypertension is reduced in over 70% of gastric bypass patients

  • 90% of Diabetes mellitus type 2 patients see a reversal in their condition

  • Most Type 2 Diabetes patients achieve normal blood sugar without medication, sometimes even days after the gastric bypass surgery

  • Hyperlipidemia is cured in more than 70% of patients

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease is instantly relieved in almost all patients

  • Venous thromboembolic disease signs, such as leg swelling, are usually improved from gastric bypass surgery

  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea are improved in most bariatric patients

  • Joint and low back pain are typically reduced from the weight loss

  • Reduced risk of cancer and obesity related death

  • Improvement in one's lifestyle, self-esteem, and well being

Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with a gastric bypass procedure. On top of typical abdominal surgery complications, there are the risks of leakage from the new stomach pouch (2% of patients), dumping syndrome, and nutritional deficiencies, among others. Consult with one of our doctors to learn more about the whether gastric bypass surgery is right for you.


How Does it Work?
Gastric bypass surgery involves the creation of a small pouch at the entrance to the stomach. This reduction in the size of the stomach restricts the volume of food that can be eaten, thus leading to decreased calorie intake and weight loss. The remaining large section of the stomach is hermetically sealed and left in place, although it is no longer necessary.

After the stomach has been partitioned, a measured division of the small intestine is performed. The size of the small intestine that is left is determined by the weight of the patient and the amount necessary to ensure sufficient absorption of food to remain healthy.

The small pouch at the entrance to the stomach is then connected to the gastrointestinal tract, bypassing the majority of the stomach. By reducing the amount of the small intestine available, the body's ability to absorb nutrients is diminished, thus further enabling weight loss from the operation. This is why gastric bypass surgery is also considered a malabsorptive procedure.

Finally, the end of the small intestine coming from the large stomach pouch is reconnected to the small intestine to ensure proper drainage of the stomach. When reattached it forms a Y shape, thus the name Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Contact Our Doctors
To get more information on gastric bypass surgery in Colombia contact our medical professionals today. We are standing by and waiting to show you how weight loss surgery can change your life.


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