Bariatric, Gastric Bypass, Weight Loss Surgery
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Gastric bypass is commonly known by several names, including bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Gastric bypass surgery is a drastic procedure meant for patients struggling with obesity of the most serious nature. Candidates for gastric bypass usually have a lifelong history of struggle with weight loss and cannot lose weight by traditional means of diet and exercise. Those considering gastric bypass typically have a body mass index (BMI) over 40, usually a minimum of 80 lbs. overweight for women and 100 lbs. for men. Others who may be considered include patients with Type II diabetes or severe cardiopulmonary complications related to obesity. Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food you eat and thus the calories consumed. Bypassing part of the intestine also results in fewer calories being absorbed which leads to weight loss.
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