Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, reduces the size of the stomach and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine resulting in expedited weight loss.
During the procedure, a skilled bariatric surgeon divides the stomach into two small pouches. The smaller pouch is connected to the small intestine to shrink the stomach and reroute your digestive system. This results in a smaller stomach, which reduces cravings and positively affects gut hormones. As a result, the patient may experience significant, rapid and long-term weight loss.
Benefits of the Gastric Bypass*
- Expedited weight loss
- Lose 2-4 pounds a week following surgery
- Lose as much as 60-70% of excess weight in the first year
- 75% of patients see reversal of high blood pressure
- 95% of patients report improved cholesterol
- Joint and back pain disappear for 40% of patients
- Reduce sleep apnea and risk of diabetes
Is Gastric Bypass Right for Me?
Gastric bypass surgery is recommended for adults with a BMI over 30, who feel they need the most help controlling what and how much they eat. After the surgery, a majority of patients lose their cravings for certain unhealthy foods and feel it is easier to maintain a healthy nutrition plan.
Gastric bypass surgery is more invasive than other weight loss procedures. As such, the procedure requires an overnight hospital stay and most patients take a couple of weeks off work while recovering. Full recovery can be expected after a month.
Diet & Exercise After Gastric Bypass Surgery
Post-Op Diet: Long-term weight loss success means strictly following your recommended post-op diet. You will be provided an eating guide to follow after surgery. Here’s an example of how typical post-op diets flow:
- Week 1 – clear liquid diet
- Week 2 and 3 – transition from liquid diet to pureed foods
- Week 4 and 5 – transition from pureed foods to soft foods
- Week 6 and on – begin eating regular foods
Exercise: Aftercare is essential to sustained weight loss. By staying active at least 30 minutes a day, 5-6 times a week, you can drastically improve your weight loss success. We recommend starting with 15-minute walks daily right once healed from surgery and increasing this to 30 minutes.
*Results will vary based on starting weight and other factors.