Patient Journey

From beginning to end, the journey for a patient undergoing bariatric care is full of changes. It will require persistence and discipline, but in the end it is all worth it. Feel free to learn more about the patient journey.

How Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

During your gastric bypass in NJ or NYC, the stomach is completely divided with a stapler to leave a small pouch that will now serve as your new stomach. Additionally, the small bowel is divided and the divided end is brought up and joined to the small stomach pouch. In doing this, your NYC or NJ gastric bypass surgeon allows the majority of your stomach and some of the small intestine to be bypassed, except for this little pouch.

Because the weight loss surgeon bypasses most of your stomach, you will feel full more quickly. You also will not absorb as many calories because the food is not going through your entire intestinal path. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure is usually performed laparoscopically (i.e. keyhole surgery with a telescope). This type of bypass operation has proven to be an effective, consistent way of losing weight and keeping it off.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Advantages Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is an effective weight loss operation in most patients and has been performed for many years. It generally leads to more rapid weight loss than the Lap Band and the sleeve gastrectomy. The gastric bypass is considered a standard of bariatric surgery because it has the longest history. Various forms of this operation have been done for about 30 years, so we have more data and experience than we do with other, newer obesity treatments.

There is a side effect of the gastric bypass called dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is stomach pain and diarrhea that comes from eating high calorie foods. This pain can sometimes serve as a useful deterrent from eating foods that will hamper your weight loss efforts. Another advantage of the gastric bypass is that there are no foreign devices put into your body, so there is nothing that can break or erode like there can be with the Lap Band surgery.

To summarize, advantages of gastric bypass include:

  • More rapid weight loss than banding
  • Long track record- the gastric bypass operation has been done for over 40 years
  • There is nothing to break or erode

48 Benefits of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Disadvantages Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The gastric bypass surgery is more complex than either the gastric sleeve or Lap Band. Similarly, the recovery time is somewhat longer than it is with either the sleeve or Lap Band. This added level of complexity and the rerouting of the intestines means that the bypass has a slightly higher rate of serious complication rate than some of the other operations.

One reason our New Jersey and NYC gastric bypass patients lose so much weight is that the operation leads to fewer calories being absorbed by the body. However, this can also lead to a disadvantage of the operation. When fewer calories are absorbed, fewer nutrients are also absorbed. To help avoid further gastric bypass complications, patients need to take oral supplements of iron, vitamins, and calcium for life, and some patients also need Vitamin B12 injections. To summarize, disadvantages and complications of gastric bypass include:

  • This procedure has a slightly higher rate of complications than the other operations (i.e. gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy) because of multiple staple lines and new bowel connections.
  • There is a need to take oral supplements of iron, vitamins, and calcium for life, and some patients also need Vitamin B12 injections. Recovery time is slightly longer than after banding and sleeve gastrectomy.
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Recovery from a gastric bypass procedure occurs in stages. Recovery generally follows this pattern:

  • The first one to two weeks will be the most challenging and will require you to stay home from work.
  • You will be able to resume more strenuous activity around four to six weeks after surgery with permission from our surgeon.
  • You will be on a special diet and will be allowed only liquid or pureed food for the first month after surgery.

Gastric Bypass And Diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, so it is important to recognize that the bypass can be a particularly good choice for patients who have type 2 diabetes. In studies, patients with diabetes who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience a remission of their diabetes very quickly, sometimes only days after their operation. This is particularly interesting because there appears to be a physiological change that happens from gastric bypass surgery that may treat diabetes. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), approximately 80% of patients who have gastric bypass surgery go into remission of their type 2 diabetes.

Why Choose Nybg?

The surgeons at NYBG specialize in gastric bypass surgery and in helping their patients achieve a healthy weight. They ensure that your treatment plan is appropriate for your weight loss goals and your overall health. Their team of dedicated surgeons will work with you to encourage proper eating habits and to establish long-term lifestyle changes. You can rest assured that when under the care of our talented bariatric surgeons, you are in caring and competent hands.