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