Gastric bypass surgery creates a small chamber in the upper stomach. This chamber is called an upper gastric pouch and is separate from the rest of the stomach. Food is swallowed into the pouch instead of the stomach, and this limits the amount that can be eaten. The food then bypasses the first part of the small intestine and is diverted slowly into a limb of small bowel for digestion.
The gastric bypass procedure is often performed laparoscopically, which means that surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions. This can reduce scarring and lessen the risk of complications, and often results in faster patient recovery times.
Once this procedure is performed, patients often lose 50 to 75 percent of excess body weight over the next 12 to 14 months.
After the procedure, patients may experience a problem called malabsorption of food. This means the digestive tract has some difficulty digesting and absorbing nutrients. Because of this, after surgery patients regularly need to take a multivitamin and mineral supplement, as well as calcium and vitamin B12.
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Benita was impressed by the amount of personal attention she received when she underwent gastric bypass surgery at Temple:
A former 325-pound "couch potato," Steven was able to control his diet and began exercising following gastric bypass surgery at Temple:
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