Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass has been one of the most commonly performed bariatric surgical (weight loss) procedures for the last several decades.

Patients who undergo gastric bypass lose weight due to the resizing of the stomach and the rerouting of the digestive tract. This procedure is both restrictive and changes hunger hormones, meaning that it both restricts the amount of food which can be consumed and decreases hunger. As a result, dramatic weight loss and improved health can be expected.*

*results may vary

Benefits of Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery has many advantages:

*results may vary

Weight Loss

Patients who have gastric bypass surgery have dramatic weight loss in a short amount of time.*

Reduction in Cravings

Gastric bypass patients experience a reduction of ghrelin, a hormone that helps regulate cravings, hunger, and blood sugar.

Remission or Improvement of Type 2 Diabetes

72% of patients saw improvement or total remission of their type 2 diabetes after their gastric bypass*1.

Better Health

Improvement in other weight-related health conditions such as high cholesterol, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.*

Quicker Recovery

There is less scarring and a shorter hospital stay when performing the surgery laparoscopically.*

Improved Quality of Life

Patients report feeling more control over their lives after surgery and experience improvement in weight related health conditions*.

Temporary

No foreign objects are left in the body.

What Happens During Surgery?

Gastric bypass changes the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract by reducing the size of the stomach and altering the path food takes. Our doctors use a laparoscopic technique, which is a less invasive method with fewer scars, a shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery times. Surgery is performed with the patient under anesthesia.

During the procedure, Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman will divide the stomach into an upper and lower portion. They will create a smaller stomach and bypass the lower stomach and upper intestine. They will connect the smaller, upper part of the stomach to the middle of the small intestine. The stomach is left smaller and the digestive tract shorter. As a result, after surgery, patients will feel full faster because there is less room for food and have less hunger as a result of the changes in hunger hormones.

Post-Surgical Care

Since we take a laparoscopic approach, our patients will have a shorter hospital stay and quicker recovery. Most patients can resume regular activities one week after surgery. After surgery, our doctors and team monitor recovery through a number of check up appointments. Our team also provides support for the dietary and lifestyle changes that must accompany weight loss surgery.

In order to support patient’s long term success, our practice offers a comprehensive post-op weight loss program. Resources at Alabama Surgical Associates include long-term follow up care and a licensed dietitian experienced in weight loss nutrition to guide patients through the nutritional changes after gastric bypass.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Bypass?

A consultation with our doctors is needed to determine if you are a candidate for gastric bypass. Generally, our patients who have gastric bypass have a body mass index (BMI) above 40, or a BMI of 35 to 40 with weight related medical issues.

Schedule Your Consultation

Take the next step toward a healthier life by calling us at (256) 880-1977 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Doucette and Dr. Foreman. Our staff is dedicated to supporting you throughout your journey and can help answer your questions about insurance and financing options.

*results may vary

1http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bypass-weight-idUSKCN11F1TP

The success of gastric bypass depends on a patient’s ability to commit to lifelong healthy eating and exercise. Patients who follow post-op nutritional and exercise recommendations have the most success losing and maintaining weight loss.*

1 Annals of Surgery 2010 Dec;252(6):966-71