Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery in which the stomach is reduced in size. The newly created smaller stomach is then reconnected (or “bypassed”) to the small intestine.
Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery helps patients lose weight primarily by reducing the amount of food that can be consumed at one time. This allows patients to feel full after smaller meals and reduces the overall number of calories in their diet. In addition, gastric bypass patients lose weight because fewer hunger hormones can be created by their smaller stomach.
Gastric bypass at The Oregon Clinic is performed laparoscopically, which means a small incision is made and surgery is done through the aid of a tiny video camera. Laparoscopic surgery, as opposed to traditional open surgery, results in reduced recovery times and minimal scarring.
Gastric bypass is usually performed only after many other methods of weight loss have been tried and failed. However, the surgery is not an end in itself. It is important to work closely with a physician and registered dietitian (R.D.) to start a program of new eating habits to ensure that weight loss is safe and successful. A regular, simple exercise program and psychological support are often recommended to create a better self-image and a whole new attitude to food.