Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Surgery San Diego

Gastric bypass surgery is a bariatric surgery that has traditionally been thought of as a combination of restriction (reducing food intake) and malabsorption (reducing the absorption of some nutrients).

Recently, we have realized that the surgery is a “metabolic reset” by changing the production of gut hormones (such as GLP-1) that are critical to improving the body’s metabolic function.

Changes in the gut bacteria and bile acids are also felt to be an important part of the reason that this operation has stood the test of time as one of the most successful surgeries for long-term sustained weight loss. It is very successful for weight management and in helping patients achieve their ideal body weight.

And for the best in minimally invasive laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in San Diego, the choice is clear: Olde Del Mar Surgical.

Bariatric surgeons Dr. Sunil Bhoyrul and Dr. Pascal Bortz and the team regularly perform gastric bypass surgery in San Diego. Olde Del Mar’s provider team uses laparoscopic techniques, resulting in less scarring and a quicker recovery.

What’s more, patients who lose weight by taking advantage of these increasingly common weight-loss procedures benefit from more than just the surgery itself. As Dr. Bhoyrul often says, it’s not so much about the surgery or the weight loss or the specific diet and exercise; it’s about the increased ability to engage in life on one’s own terms — and for the long-term.

We believe strongly in high-quality, long-term follow-up. In addition to our schedule of routine follow-ups, patients have access to support groups and our own mobile apps to provide multiple ways of getting the help they need to continue on their health and wellness journey.

Returning patients often describe to us how much their lives have changed. Interestingly, they usually talk first about the improvements in their health, sense of well-being, self-image, improved relationships, and finally mention their excellent weight loss!

How Is gastric bypass surgery performed?

Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y bypass, is performed laparoscopically (or robotically) by Olde Del Mar’s Provider Team. This method uses smaller incisions to allow access to a video camera and other surgical tools.

When performing the procedure, Olde Del Mar’s Provider Team isolates a small portion of the stomach to create a pouch roughly the size of a deck of playing cards. Then, the small intestine below the stomach is cut, to create a new intestinal channel (the roux limb) that allows us to bypass the rest of the stomach and the first part (about 30cm) of the small intestine. The length of the new intestinal channel (the roux limb) is typically around 100cm. After we have created the stomach pouch and the roux limb, we connect the two using a highly skilled “hand-sewn” technique that we believe reduces the likelihood of complications and causes less discomfort than the traditional stapled technique employed by most practices.

In our hands, the surgery takes one hour to two hours, depending on patient factors. Patients usually have minimal discomfort and can usually start a liquid diet within 24 hours of the surgery.


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Recovery for Gastric Bypass

Hospital Recovery Time: Following surgery, most patients will remain in our San Diego hospital for 48 hours. During this time, patients are monitored by the providers at Olde Del Mar Surgical 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 by following the links below:

Recovery for 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
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • High Cholesterol
  • Stroke

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

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Olde Del Mar Surgical

You Deserve Surgical Excellence

At Olde Del Mar Surgical in San Diego, we have considerable experience with gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and lap-band surgery. Currently, Drs. Sunil Bhoyrul & Pascal Bortz perform more gastric bypass procedures than any other surgical group at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla or Sharp Hospital in Coronado CA.

Given the overall risks and benefits 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.

You may also want to consider additional weight-loss surgery options. We are a full-service weight-loss surgery clinic in San Diego. We offer a number of potentially beneficial procedures in addition to gastric bypass (sleeve gastrectomy, gastric band, etc.). We will discuss your options when we meet for our first consultation.

So don’t delay. Get in touch with Olde Del Mar Surgical. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be on the way to a new life of health and wellness. And then you can visit with us post-op, and we can learn about all the new and exciting things you’re doing in your life.

We look forward to speaking with you.

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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