What is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery is a type of surgery that can aid in weight loss for eligible candidates. The procedure involves reducing the size of the stomach, which limits the amount of food that be consumed at a time. This helps reduce calorie intake and ultimately leads to weight loss. The experienced surgeons at Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in LaGrange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, perform gastric bypass surgery and can determine if you are a candidate for this weight loss treatment.

Gastric Bypass Surgery 

There are two main steps to gastric bypass surgery. First, the size of the stomach is reduced by separating it into two sections. This is done using a specialized stapler to create a small pouch in the upper area of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach remains intact.

The second step involves bypassing a portion of the small intestine. After dividing the small intestine, the lower end is brought up and attached to the newly created stomach pouch. The upper part of the small intestine is then connected to the lower portion of the stomach.

How Gastric Bypass Surgery Aids in Weight Loss

Gastric bypass surgery aids in weight loss in several ways. The reduced size of the stomach limits how much food can be consumed. Eating less results in lower calorie intake, which helps with weight loss.

Another outcome of gastric bypass surgery is malabsorption, which refers to absorbing fewer calories from the food you consume. A large portion of digestion and food absorption usually takes place in the upper part of the small intestine. Since this part of the small intestine is bypassed, fewer calories are absorbed.

Gastric bypass surgery also produces metabolic change, which alters the hormones that regulate metabolism and appetite. This results in being less likely to feel hungry, as well as feeling full longer. The skilled surgeons in LaGrange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, can determine if gastric bypass surgery is an option for you.

Additional Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Malabsorption and metabolic changes help improve type 2 diabetes, which goes into remission for about 80 percent of patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery. The procedure also helps with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, and obesity. Gastric bypass can even improve obstructive sleep apnea.

Gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight, as well as improve many chronic weight-related conditions. For gastric bypass surgery in LaGrange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, contact Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute at (708) 484-0621.

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