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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Norton Weight Management Services offers gastric bypass surgery, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, long considered the gold standard of weight loss surgery.

Whenever possible, our board-certified surgeons perform this procedure laparoscopically through a small incision. This often means less pain and scarring, fewer complications and faster recovery after surgery.

Gastric bypass may not be performed laparoscopically for every patient. Patients with a very high body mass index (BMI) or who have had extensive previous abdominal surgery may require a traditional open surgery. Safety, not incision size, is the most important concern during this operation.

What is Gastric Bypass?

There are two components to gastric bypass surgery:

  • First, the stomach is divided, very close to its top, leaving a small pouch about the size of an egg.
  • Second, the small bowel is divided. One end is reconnected where it enters the large bowel. The other end of the small bowel is then sewn to the stomach. After the operation, food comes down the esophagus into a tiny stomach pouch and then passes directly down to meet the digestive juices. The procedure helps patients lose weight by doing two things:
    • Decreasing the volume of food that can be consumed (There is only a small pouch of stomach that remains, meaning patients can eat very little and feel very full.)
    • Limiting nutrients from being absorbed into the body

Benefits and Expected Weight Loss

Gastric bypass surgery has been in use for more than 30 years and has proved to be a reliable solution for major weight loss. Generally, patients lose around 70 percent of their excess weight. Like sleeve gastrectomy, the procedure offers faster results compared with gastric band surgery, although it is more invasive. Individual weight loss results will vary. As with all weight loss procedures, participation in Norton Weight Management Services’ support network is vital to your success. Patients who join our monthly support groups and keep in contact with program staff report higher rates of success.

You’ll also have the support of a dedicated team — including bariatric nurses, behavioral health specialists, registered dietitians and more — to help you enjoy lifelong success.

Potential Complications

All surgeries come with risks — some minor and some severe. Gastric bypass surgery is associated with more potential complications than gastric band surgery, and many of them can be severe. However, fewer than 1 percent of patients experience severe complications with this surgery. Talk with your physician about all the potential risks and complications from gastric bypass surgery, which may include:

  • Bleeding – can be mild, moderate or heavy
  • Death – 1 percent to 2 percent risk
  • Heart attack – occurs when the heart does not get enough blood
  • Hernia – a bulge at the incision site
  • Leakage where the staples were placed
  • Pulmonary embolism – a blood clot that travels to the lungs
  • Stricture – abnormal tightening where the stomach and intestine are sewn together
  • Stroke – occurs when the brain does not get enough blood
  • Wound infection – especially with a traditional open incision

Why Norton Weight Management?

Norton Weight Management Services is a resource for individuals who struggle with weight loss after having little or no success through traditional dieting or exercise. We offer the latest surgical and medical weight loss solutions, nutritional and behavioral counseling, personalized and group support, and ongoing follow-up care to help you succeed.

Our team is made up of fellowship-trained, board-certified surgeons who perform more than 500 procedures each year, nurses, dietitians and behavioral health specialists who are dedicated to patients’ lifelong health and success.

Norton Weight Management also has:

  • $300 lifetime, unlimited support (even before surgery)
  • A nurse navigator who guides you during treatment and throughout the entire process
  • Medical Weight Management Program seminar offered online
  • No mandatory food or vitamins
  • Weekly seminars
  • Surgeons on call 24 hours a day

Start Your Journey With a Free Seminar

If you’re considering life-changing weight loss surgery, be sure to join us for a free informational session. A bariatric surgeon will help explore your options, answer any questions and see if we can help you start feeling and living your best.

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