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. Main Line Health offers laparoscopic gastric bypass as an option.
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, our bariatric specialists have experience in all types of weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric band and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
How laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery works
When you have laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, your 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 surgery, your food will bypass 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 part of the digestive system is being bypassed. The combination of these two factors—less food intake and less food absorption—result in weight loss.
Deciding if laparoscopic gastric bypass is right for you
Choosing surgical weight loss is a big decision. There are certain guidelines you must meet in order to qualify for weight loss surgery. Talk to your doctor about whether or not laparoscopic gastric bypass is right for you. Main Line Health also offers regularly scheduled, free information sessions to help you learn more about laparoscopic gastric bypass and other types of weight loss surgery.