Gastric bypass is an operation in which most of the stomach is reduced to a small pouch to decrease the amount of food the stomach can physically hold. Then, the small intestine is reconfigured so food can bypass the majority of the stomach and part of the small intestine, reducing the number of calories ingested and absorbed. Patients are restricted on the amount of food ingested as well as the types of food which can be eaten.
Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery may experience improvement in, or resolution of, the following health problems:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Elevated blood pressure
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Sleep apnea
- Acid reflux
- Feelings of depression
- Back and joint pain
- Menstrual irregularity
- Ovulation and fertility
- Leg swelling
This procedure can be performed laparoscopically and robotically.
How Can I Learn More about Bariatric Surgery?
We encourage anyone who is interested in weight loss surgery to attend one of our FREE public information sessions (also called PI meetings), which are offered monthly throughout the area. Check our calendar for upcoming sessions here.
At these educational sessions, you will learn about:
- the surgical procedures available
- the application process
- any required pre-operative evaluation
To learn more about weight loss surgery options or for a list of public information sessions, call Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Bariatric Services at or fill out our "Contact Us" form here.