Gastric Bypass, known also as the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, is a minimally invasive procedure that provides significant and sustainable weight loss for individuals who are morbidly obese. During the procedure, a portion of the stomach is reduced to a small pouch – limiting the amount of food the stomach can physically hold. The small intestine is then reconfigured so food can ‘bypass’ the larger portion of the stomach and part of the small intestine, modifying the way nutrients and calories are absorbed. Patients eat small portions, have less hunger, and improve their metabolism, which on average results in 80% excess weight loss.
How Surgery Can Impact Your Overall Health
Not only does gastric bypass help you lose weight, it’s especially effective for individuals who also suffer from type 2 diabetes or gastro-esophageal reflux disease or GERD. In fact, 80% of patient with type 2 diabetes see their diabetes go into remission after this procedure. Many people who have a gastric bypass procedure experience an improved quality of life and life expectancy as well as reduce their risk of cancer, and heart disease. It’s also been proven to help improve the following health problems:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Sleep apnea
- Feelings of depression
- Back and joint pain
- Menstrual irregularity
- Ovulation and fertility
- Leg swelling
Who is a candidate for Gastric Bypass?
Any adult with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or more and with at least one significant obesity-related health condition – like sleep apnea, acid reflux, diabetes, sleep apnea or heart disease could be a good candidate for gastric bypass. This is less weight than one may think. For example, a female who is 5’1” tall who weighs 185 or a male who is 5’11” tall who weighs 255 would both be candidates if they have health problems related to their weight.
Why Choose the Bariatric Weight Loss Center at NGMC?
The multidisciplinary team at NGMC includes experienced, board-certified surgeons, medical weight loss doctors, certified bariatric nurses, registered dietitians and other support staff dedicated to your success. Our surgeons have performed more than 9,000 bariatric surgical procedures and the first robotic gastric bypass surgery in the state of Georgia. As a leader in innovative techniques and complex cases, we offer the most advanced treatment options and support services that ensure safe and effective results.
Begin Your Journey Today
There are three ways to get started:
- Watch our patient education video to learn about the options offered at NGMC.
- Connect with us using our short online form.
- Call 770-219-0446 to speak with a member of our team.