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Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric weight loss procedure that restricts the amount of food that a person can digest and limits the amount of nutrients that the body can absorb in order to help obese patients lose weight.

Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul commonly performs gastric bypass surgery in San Diego at Olde Del Mar Surgical. Dr. Bhoyrul uses a laparoscopic technique, which results in less scarring and a quicker recovery.

About the Procedure

Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y bypass, is performed laparoscopically by Dr. Bhoyrul. This method uses smaller incisions to allow access for a video camera and other surgical tools.

When performing the procedure, Dr. Bhoyrul isolates a small portion of the stomach to create a pouch. Then, the small intestine below the stomach is cut, causing the larger portion of the stomach and the attached section of the small intestine to be disconnected from the rest of the digestive tract. Finally, the small stomach pouch is reattached to the new cut of the small intestine.

When successfully completed, gastric bypass surgery reduces the capacity of the stomach and causes the body to absorb fewer nutrients and calories due to the shortened digestive process.

Gastric Bypass Recovery

Hospital Recovery Time: Following surgery, most patients will remain in our San Diego hospital for 48 hours. During this time, patients are monitored by Dr. Bhoyrul to ensure that there are no immediate complications.

Time Off Work: Most patients will require between 2 and 4 weeks before they can return to work or normal activities.

Follow Up Visits: Patients will be required to attend follow-up visits every 1-2 months for the first six months after their procedure to monitor progress.

Risks and Complications: Gastric bypass side effects include changes to normal digestion, malnutrition, staple separation, leakage, gastric stomal ulcers, internal hernias, and dumping syndrome.

Diet: Following a strict diet after gastric bypass surgery will be vital to minimizing post-procedure complications and achieving your weight loss goals. Learn more about the three stages of the recommended post-gastric bypass diet:

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Would I Benefit from a Gastric Bypass?

Candidates for gastric bypass surgery include patients that are morbidly obese (BMI over 40) or patients that are obese (BMI over 30) and suffer from a life-threatening, weight-related health condition such as:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stroke

You can input your height, weight, and age into our BMI Weight Loss Calculator to determine your current Body Mass Index.

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Why Choose Del Mar Surgical

You Deserve Surgical Excellence

At Olde Del Mar surgical, we have considerable experience with gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and lap-band surgery. Currently, Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul performs more gastric bypass procedures than any other surgical group at Scripps Memorial Hospital.

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 when choosing the best procedure for a given patient.

"Absolutely the best! I was referred to Dr Bhoyrul by my gastroenterologist...I had surgery and it was the right decision because I'm feeling great now! His post-surgery care and concern has been as good as his pre-surgery evaluation. I recommend him highly."

- George N, Yelp Review

To learn more about gastric bypass surgery, check out our blog:

Are You a Candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Contact us to find out if our gastric bypass in San Diego at Del Mar Surgical is the right solution for you.

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