Gastric Bypass for Weight Loss
The bariatric team at Olde Del Mar Surgical use laparoscopic techniques in performing gastric bypass surgery, which allows them to make extremely small incisions, through which a video camera and other specialized surgical tools can be placed.
The minimally invasive nature of the procedure can help shorten weight loss surgery recovery time, diminish the risk of complications, and minimize postoperative scarring. Dr. Bhoyrul currently performs more gastric bypass surgery procedures than any other surgical group at Scripps Memorial Hospital!
When performing a gastric bypass, the team at our San Diego practice will first isolate a small portion of the stomach, creating, in essence, a stomach pouch. Next, they cut the small intestine below the main portion of the stomach, leaving most of the stomach and an attached section of small intestine disconnected from the digestive tract. Finally, the small stomach pouch is attached to the small intestine so that food can be processed, while the disconnected stomach and small intestine segment are reattached to the small intestine to aid in drainage. This segment will no longer process food, reducing the capacity of the stomach.
Because gastric bypass surgery requires Dr. Bhoyrul to reconfigure the digestive tract, the procedure is not easily reversible. It is important for prospective patients to understand this before they decide to undergo this weight loss surgery procedure. After gastric bypass surgery, most patients need to spend two to three days in the hospital, followed by a two- to four-week recovery period. Before, during, and after gastric bypass surgery, Dr. Bhoyrul offers our La Jolla and North County San Diego patients comprehensive advice, care, and support.
At Olde Del Mar surgical, we believe that the best results from bariatric surgery come from tailoring the type of surgery to the patient’s needs, expectations, and medical condition. Patients often have a reasonable choice of gastric bypass, lap band or gastric sleeve surgery.
We have considerable experience with gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and lap-band surgery. Dr. Bhoyrul has performed over two thousand of these operations with some of the best outcomes and lowest complication rates, earning him the designation of “Center of Excellence” surgeon for laparoscopic gastric bypass. Patients that may typically do better with gastric bypass are those who have super obesity (a BMI > 50), and those who have severe type 2 diabetes (i.e., require a lot of insulin to keep their type 2 diabetes under control). Given the slightly higher risk of gastric bypass surgery, we consider all patient factors before making a personalized recommendation about the type of surgery that may be best suited to an individual. We value the input of our registered dietitian, clinical psychologist, and referring physicians, as we strive to choose the best procedure for a given patient. Cutting edge testing such as body composition analysis and genomic testing are also used to help us choose the best operation. The choice is ultimately made with patient and his/her bariatric surgeon, with the patient having the final say after a fully informed discussion of the facts.
To learn more about gastric bypass surgery, register for our free informational seminar today or give us a call at 858.457.4917 to make an appointment with Dr. Bhoyrul.