Gastric Bypass

Bariatric Surgery & Medical Weight Loss located in Plano and Fort Worth, TX

Gastric Bypass

About Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is the most successful weight loss surgery overall, with most patients losing 75-100% of their extra weight within the first 10 months of surgery. When you’re planning weight loss surgery, you need the very best specialist, one with decades of specialized experience and that’s where Barnes Bariatric Surgical Solutions comes in. With 25 years of experience and a dedication to providing his patients full-spectrum support, you can count on Greg Barnes, MD, and his team of experts when it’s time to schedule your surgery. Call either office in Fort Worth or Plano, Texas, or click online booking now.

Gastric Bypass Q&A

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss surgery that changes the way you digest food. After surgery, food skips most of your stomach and the first portion of your small intestine during digestion. This helps you lose weight quickly. 

Gastric bypass candidates generally have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher. Many have additional health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and obstructive sleep apnea. 

What is the gastric bypass surgery process? 

Dr. Barnes performs laparoscopic gastric bypass. This minimally invasive approach means less pain and faster recovery. 

During surgery, Dr. Barnes creates a few small incisions in your abdomen. He places a thin lighted tube, containing a miniature camera, into one incision. Then, he places long thin surgical tools into another incision.

He staples the upper part of the stomach. This makes a small new pouch that serves as your stomach. Then, he connects the pouch to the lower part of your small intestine. 

The stomach-small intestine connection point looks like the letter “Y”, and the surgery is officially called roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

How does gastric bypass surgery help you lose weight?

Gastric bypass surgery helps you lose weight in a couple of ways. 

Decreased absorption

Food skips a large part of your digestive system, so you absorb far fewer calories. 

Reduced food consumption

Your stomach pouch is about the size of a golf ball after surgery. So, you feel full faster and are much less likely to overeat. 

With both of these factors, gastric bypass is a highly successful weight loss surgery for most people. 

What are the benefits of gastric bypass?

Along with weight loss, most patients also experience:

  • Better blood sugar control
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Elimination of sleep apnea
  • Lower cholesterol

Most people enjoy higher confidence, better self-esteem, and better life quality. The surgery could even save your life if you’re struggling with morbid obesity and weight-related health problems. 

What is the average weight loss after gastric bypass surgery?

Your commitment plays a big role in success. The team strongly invests in your personal education before, during, and after the procedure. 

You see an experienced nutritionist and have regular visits with Dr. Barnes to help you reach your goals. Most patients lose 75-80% of their extra weight, and many achieve 100%.

To learn more, call the nearest office or make an appointment online.