Weight Loss Option: Gastric Bypass

Posted on March 8, 2017

patient considering gastric bypass

Dieting and losing weight is often a struggle for most people. There’s a lot of specific diet plans that just don’t work for many. And if they do work, it’s just a temporary fix. Gastric bypass is one of the best options for long term weight loss.

The Gold Standard with High Success Rates

Gastric bypass is considered the gold standard bariatric operation in the United States and most common bariatric procedure. Here are some of its percentages and its many benefits.

  • 85 percent of patients lose weight
  • 50 percent maintain initial weight loss
  • Mortality rates are 0.1 percent
  • Reoperations are infrequently needed
  • Weight loss is swift and dramatic
  • 50 percent of weight loss occurs in the first six months and weight loss continues for two years
  • Studies have found that most people keep most of the weight off for 10 years or longer

While the success of gastric bypass surgery is high, it doesn’t work miracles over the long run. The long-term impact of gastric bypass is complemented by adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, following recommendations established by the medical team and taking supplements and vitamins. The medical team at Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Richard B. Rubenstein, MD Center for Bariatric Surgery work closely with patients to ensure success.

How Gastric Bypass Surgery is Done

During a gastric bypass procedure, surgeons create a small pouch in the stomach’s upper area using staples. This decreases the amount of food that stomach can actually hold. Then, part of the small intestine is connected to this pouch. This step reduces the absorption of calories, as food is prevented from entering into parts of the small intestine and stomach. The gastric bypass procedure can be performed with a laparoscopy or through open surgery. A laparoscopy is recommended for those with a body mass index over 40. Gastric bypass surgery combines both restrictive and malabsorptive approaches. 

All around, gastric bypass surgery is effective for losing weight, long-term weight loss, improving quality of life and helps with associated comorbidities like lung problems and type 2 diabetes. If you’re considering gastric bypass surgery, turn to the healthcare experts at PBMC. The Richard B. Rubenstein, MD Center for Bariatric Surgery is a MBSAQIP Accredited center for bariatric surgery.