Gastric Bypass

Definition - What does Gastric Bypass mean?

Gastric bypass surgery is designed to achieve an exceptional amount of weight loss in severely overweight patients. The surgery itself divides the stomach into two sections so that essentially, the patient gets fuller faster and cannot consume as much food at one time. Gastric bypass surgery is classified as laparoscopic surgery which means there are not large incisions or scarring as a result of the procedure. Additionally, the procedure limits not only food, but also the amount of vitamins and nutrients that the body absorbs. Patients are required to follow a healthy diet to ensure that their body receives proper nutrition.

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Gastric bypass surgery divides the stomach into two sections. The upper part of the stomach is no longer used and the bottom portion is reduced by 90 percent. This particular procedure is designed for individuals who are morbidly obese and have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40 or a 35 BMI if they suffer from obesity-related health issues. While this procedure will result in significant weight loss, patients are encouraged to eat healthy, exercise, and drink plenty of water. There is a psychological aspect to the result of this particular procedure, and it is common for patients to join a support group for additional help with the transition.

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