How Does the Surgery Help Me Lose Weight?

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery helps you lose weight in three ways.

1. You eat less. The new small stomach pouch means you feel full after eating just a small amount of food.

2. Your food appetites change. After surgery, your body will not easily tolerate foods that are high in sugars and fats. You'll find these foods may make you physically uncomfortable. With this built-in control, called the dumping syndrome, you naturally avoid these foods. Other surgical procedures don't provide this important benefit of behavior modification.

3. You absorb less. Food now bypasses part of your digestive system, which reduces the amount of calories your body absorbs.

The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Divided Gastric Bypass surgeries are widely accepted as the most effective surgical weight loss treatments available. During these procedures surgeons can reduce the size of the stomach two ways. During the Roux-en-Y divided gastric bypass procedure, the stomach is divided into two sections reducing the size of the new pouch from approximately two quarts to two ounces. This drastic reduction in the size of a persons' stomach limits its capacity to hold food causing a person to feel full after eating only a small amount.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery works to not only reduce the size of the stomach pouch, but also causes the food to bypass part of the digestive system, reducing the amount of calories the body absorbs. When possible a laparoscopic approach is used which has resulted in dramatic improvements in patient discomfort and length of hospital stay. It should also be noted that, some candidates for surgical treatment have such impaired health that they must be hospitalized pre-operatively and undergo treatment to improve their operative risk.

Other factors that contribute to the long-term success of this surgery include eating less and a change in appetite. The new small stomach pouch means the patient feels full after eating just a small amount of food. Also after surgery, a patient will find it hard to eat foods that are high in sugars and fats. When a patient consumes these types of food the patient becomes physically uncomfortable. With this behavior modification called the dumping system, patients naturally avoid these foods.

What Makes South Jersey Bariatrics Different?

Surgery is the cornerstone of our weight-loss program. But it's only a tool. When you choose South Jersey Bariatrics for your bariatric surgery, you will receive the complete program - including a lifetime of follow-up care. Surgical Excellence through long-term experience is only part of why we are unique.  You'll have expert nutritional recommendations, follow-up medical visits, an extensive support group network of caring and fun individuals, and our surgeons actively participate in all levels of our support group functions. 


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