Gastric Bypass (Roux-en-Y)
Gastric bypass surgery in Mexico is one of the most effective, but also complex, bariatric procedures available today. At one time, it was the most commonly performed bariatric surgery because of the exceptional weight loss potential it offers as well as the excellent disease resolution results seen in many patients. Today, while it is still a very popular procedure, the gastric sleeve has become the most commonly performed surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery, makes the stomach smaller and causes food to bypass part of the small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size. This reduces the amount of food you can eat at one time. Bypassing part of the intestine reduces how much food and nutrients are absorbed. This leads to weight loss.
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The Basics of Gastric Bypass
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
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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.