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Gastric bypass is long considered the “gold standard” of weight loss

Long considered the “Gold Standard” of weight loss operations, a gastric bypass procedure creates a small stomach pouch that is reconnected to the small intestine. The patient’s stomach is reduced from about the size of a football to the size of a lemon, or 30cc. The remainder of the stomach is “bypassed” along with the first port of the small intestine. This restricts food portions and limits intestinal absorption. Thus, it is considered a restrictive and malabsorptive operation. Weight loss achieved with a gastric bypass can vary, but averages about 60–70 percent of excess body fat. While most weight loss occurs in the first 6 months additional loss continues at a slower rate for 18–24 months.

The benefits of gastric bypass*

Suppresses ghrelin hormone output therefore lessening hunger

Helps patients avoid processed sugars

Rapid improvement of Type 2 diabetes

Patients can expect to lose 60–80 percent of their excess body weight

*Please contact Total Wellness for further explanation of benefits.

The gastric bypass explained.

The nationwide standard of care for laparoscopic gastric bypass was established by Dr. McCarty in 2005, based on his publication in Annals of Surgery.

Covered by most insurance providers

Our alternatives to lap band surgery such as SADI-S duodenal switch surgery are covered by most major insurers.

What to Expect

  • Hospital stay Overnight, home the next day
  • Procedure type Laparoscopic
  • Back to work 5-7 days
  • Restrictions No heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks
  • Surgery time 30-45 minutes