When you eat, food normally travels down your intestine and into your stomach. From there, it enters into your small intestine, where your body absorbs most of its calories and nutrients. Food moves from the small intestine into the large intestine and is eventually expelled as waste. Gastric bypass greatly reduces the size of your stomach so that you eat less, and food travels more quickly to your small intestine. The surgery involves two steps. In the first part of the procedure, Dr. Lopez will make your stomach smaller, using staples to separate your stomach into a lower pouch and a smaller upper pouch. The upper pouch will be the part that holds food with a capacity of about one ounce. In the second step, Dr. López attaches the jejunum, a part of your small intestine, to the upper portion of your stomach. As a result, food reaches the small intestine much more quickly, and your body absorbs fewer calories. While gastric bypass can be performed through open surgery, Dr. Alejandro Lopez prefers minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, using long, thin tubes attached to a camera and a computer monitor. The laparoscopes are inserted through tiny incisions in your abdomen, resulting in a faster and more comfortable recovery.
Are You a Candidate?
To qualify for gastric bypass, you must:
— Be over age 18
— Have a BMI of 35 or above, or have a BMI of 30 or above with weight-related health conditions
— Have tried to lose weight through exercise and diet modification
— Be committed to making the necessary lifestyle changes
Contact Us Today
If you are interested in learning more, contact us today. Dr. Alejandro Lopez will be happy to provide you with an initial consultation to discuss your eligibility and options.
ALO Bariatrics is a leading bariatric surgery practice in Mexico offering weight loss surgery procedures to those suffering from obesity. Contact us for more information.