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Gastric Bypass–Is this the Right Option For You?

How does Gastric Bypass work?

The Gastric Bypass surgery is essentially a procedure in which the doctor makes your stomach smaller and reroutes the small intestines to limit absorption of food calories. The physician does this by reducing the size of your stomach using surgical staples. The staples allow the stomach to be reduced to 1/10 of the normal size. The intestines are reattached to the new smaller stomach. This allows you to eat less food because your new stomach cannot hold as much food as before. Less food means fewer calories which means more weight-loss. This procedure can also be done laparoscopically.

What are the risks of gastric bypass?

As with any surgery, there are risks. Some risks are:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Gastritis
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Vomiting
  • Dumping Syndrome (Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)

What other options are there besides gastric bypass?

The main option offered in San Antonio besides gastric bypass is the gastric band or the LAP-BAND® system. For this procedure, an inflatable band is placed around the stomach. This reduces the size of the stomach and the amount of food consumed. This gastric band procedure is performed laparoscopically and is minimally invasive with quick recovery times. Visit the gastric band FAQ section for further information or call 866.463.5499 to speak with a South Texas Surgeons representative.