Gastric Bypass Surgery in Phoenix, AZ
Gastric Bypass Surgery is a procedure to control weight and treat obesity. The procedure alters the way your small intestine handles the food you consume in two parts:
- The surgeon will divide your stomach into two sections; a smaller one and a larger one. Then a process called stomach stapling turns the smaller portion into a pouch which can only hold a significantly smaller amount of food than your stomach used to. This is a “restrictive” form of weight loss surgery since it lessens the amount of food you need to feel full.
- This is the actual “bypass” part of the surgery when the surgeon will disconnect where the small stomach pouch currently connects to the small intestine and connects it to a part of the intestine that’s further down. This is called “Roux-en-Y”. It forced food to pass the “duodenum” and goes directly to the “jejunum” to restrain the absorption of calories and nutrients. This part of the surgery is “malabsorptive” since it alters nutritional intake.
Procedures that do one part and not the other exist such as gastric banding and gastric sleeves (restrictive) or the jejunoileal bypass (malabsorptive). The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass combines both parts while limiting some of the risks of both parts. For instance, procedures that just use malabsorptive methods can lead to nutritional deficiencies and metabolic abnormalities.
Do I Need Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass isn’t just a procedure for anyone who wants to lose weight, it is done typically for someone who is morbidly obese or has a serious medical complication from their weight such as type 2 diabetes.
It is also important to note that this isn’t an instant fix for obesity and weight problems. It’s merely to assist people who have a difficult time maintaining their weight with diet and exercise. On top of the surgery, you must still eat a healthy diet and exercise.
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If you would like to learn more about gastric bypass surgery, contact Dignity Health Medical Group in Chandler today.