Gastric bypass is a procedure that uses both restriction and malabsorption to help you achieve weight loss. First, the stomach is stapled to make a smaller pouch, then, most of the stomach and part of the intestines are bypassed by attaching a part of the intestine to the small stomach pouch. Gastric bypass is non-adjustable and is not intended to be reversed. It has its primary effect over the course of the first year.
Each operation has advantages and disadvantages. We encourage you to ask questions to help with this decision. Our approach is that the patient is the best person to make this important decision. Ultimately it will be up to the patient to adopt the behavioral changes necessary to ensure long-term success.