When weight loss isn’t working, laparoscopic gastric bypass can help

If you are approximately 100 pounds overweight and have not found success with diet and exercise, it may be time to consider weight loss surgery—with gastric bypass being one of the most popular weight loss surgery options in the United States. Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a surgery that involves creating a small “new” stomach. It’s what most people think of when they think of weight loss surgery.

At Main Line Health in the western suburbs of Philadelphia we specialize in minimally invasive bariatric surgery procedures such as gastric bypass and other bariatric surgery options that have proven effective in long-term weight loss and maintenance.

How laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery works

When you have laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, your bariatric surgeon will start by making small incisions in order to perform the surgery. During the surgery, a small “new” stomach is created and separated from your current stomach. The new stomach is then connected to your intestinal tract.

After gastric bypass surgery, your food will “pass” your remaining stomach and part of your small intestine, so you’ll feel fuller on smaller amounts of food. Also, your body won’t absorb as many calories, due to the fact that part of your digestive system is being bypassed. The combination of these two factors—less food intake and less food absorption—results in weight loss.

Deciding if laparoscopic gastric bypass is right for you

Choosing whether or not to have surgical weight loss is a big decision that will affect the rest of your life. There are certain guidelines you must meet in order to qualify for weight loss surgery. There are also many factors to consider, including emotional and psychological wellness, and long-term commitment to a healthy way of eating and living.

The best way to explore whether gastric bypass is right for you is to attend one of Main Line Health’s free bariatric information sessions where you’ll meet bariatric surgeon Richard D. Ing, MD.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 484.476.6230.

Curious about other weight management options at Main Line Health? Begin with our Comprehensive Weight and Wellness Program.