LoneStar Bariatrics

Gastric Bypass

What is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass is a minimally invasive weight-loss surgery that changes how your stomach and small intestine handle food. Gastric bypass is generally a more aggressive procedure than the gastric sleeve.

This surgical procedure lasts one to one and a half hours. The gastric bypass is performed laparoscopically through small incisions on the abdomen. Dr. Carlton creates a small pouch in your stomach to process your food that bypasses part of your small intestine. Making these changes not only changes the amount of food you need to eat, but also significantly impacts the hormones in your gut involved in blood sugar control, hunger, and fullness. Gastric bypass can help you lose 60-80% of your excess body weight.

Who is a good candidate for a Gastric Bypass?

Dr. Carlton and his team usually recommend gastric bypass if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9 and a weight-related health issue
  • A BMI of 40 or higher
  • Tried losing weight unsuccessfully with diet and exercise

However, gastric bypass isn’t for everyone. During your consultation, Dr. Carlton and his team work closely to determine if you’re a good candidate by discussing your surgical options for weight loss and your overall expectations, as well as the risks associated with having gastric bypass surgery.

What can I expect a Gastric Bypass surgery?

A gastric bypass usually takes approximately 90 minutes and often requires an overnight hospital stay. Dr. Carlton uses laparoscopic techniques for gastric bypass surgery, instead of a large incision. Laparoscopic procedures use small incisions, specialized tools, and camera guidance to perform complex procedures.

The long-term effects are similar though slightly better for the bypass including weight loss, and cure for Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), and Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol).

For more information on gastric bypass surgery, call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary.

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