Gastric Bypass Surgery
Begin Your Path to Weight Loss
First performed for weight loss more than 30 years ago, Roux-en-Y Gastric
Bypass Surgery is the most common and successful weight loss procedure
worldwide. The N.E.W. Program has some of the most extensive experience
in this technique in America.
In this surgery, a small stomach pouch is created, and then a section of
the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the
stomach and move directly into the intestines. This causes restriction
of food intake and a feeling of early fullness. The size of the pouch,
as well as the opening between the stomach pouch and the intestine, are
both very important. Our surgeons are very meticulous in creating the
Understanding the Procedure
A very important component of the gastric bypass is the bypass of the very
first part of the small intestine—the duodenum—which results
in a dramatic improvement in Type-2 Diabetes. In fact, many patients with
Type-2 diabetes will experience a complete remission of their diabetes
and have normal blood sugar levels without the need for medication long
before they lose a substantial amount of weight. This “Diabetes
Effect” has led to an entirely new field of research concerning
the use of surgery to resolve diabetes in normal-weight individuals.
The gastric bypass procedure yields excellent weight loss, has a low complication
rate, and has a strong effect on diabetes—as long as it’s
performed by a surgeon with expertise and skill.
Eating & Hunger After Surgery
After a gastric bypass, people can generally eat regular food, however,
many report that certain food “cravings” are gone. Patients
may experience a lack of hunger, though this will improve with some time.
A patient will typically feel fuller after eating smaller amounts of food,
with many of their previous cravings falling away.
The first few months after the operation, a patient will need to quickly
adapt to their new eating style, following The N.E.W. Program nutritional
guidelines whenever applicable. This will allow eating to become much
easier within just a few months.
What to Expect in Terms of Weight Loss
Generally, most patients will lose an average of 70 to 80% of excess weight
over the course of 2 years following the procedure. During the first 6
months, this weight loss will be much more extreme, tapering down with
time. Gastric bypass is one of the best studied weight loss operations,
with some studies showing successful weight loss continued up to 20 years
following the procedure.
With minimally invasive techniques, gastric bypass has become an even more
popular weight loss solution for patients. At The N.E.W. Program, we have
performed in excess of 3,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures—far
exceeding the acceptable average. We are highly qualified to perform gastric