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Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Bypass  Surgery

Recent innovations have enabled the laparoscopic approach for gastric bypass surgery in Chicago. Only a few small incisions are needed to perform the surgery for which typically results in faster healing time, smaller chance of infection, as well as less pain.
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What is Gastric Bypass?

How does it work

The gastric bypass is known as the “gold standard” for bariatric surgery that has been practiced since 1967. This procedure involves creating a shot glass pouch that is separated from the remainder of the stomach and attached it to the lower part of the small intestine. Since the size of the new stomach is reduced, you will feel full with less food. The bypassed portion of the stomach will continue to remain inside. This procedure is malabsorptive and restrictive with a 58% expected weight loss at 5 years.

Quick facts about Gastric Bypass

Available as a minimally invasive procedure
Fast initial weight loss
Improvement or resolution of Type 2 diabetes
Hospital stay typically 2.5 days
Can be performed with robotic-assisted surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions About Gastric Bypass (FAQs)

How Long Is Recovery Time After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

It may take 2-3 weeks to recover fully from surgery. However, individual results may vary.

How Often Do I Need To Follow-Up After Surgery?

A monthly follow-up is an essential part of successful long-term weight loss. The monthly interval continues until you reach your weight loss goal.

What Will Happen To My Bypassed Stomach?

The stomach will stay inside the body. It still has blood supplies and produce important enzymes and hormones.

How Much Weight Should I Anticipate To Lose?

Weight loss results after gastric bypass will vary from person to person. On average, patients lose between 50-70% of their excess weight in the first two years.

Will My Insurance Cover The Cost Of Surgery?

Coverage depends on your selected insurance plan. Please contact your provider or you can call us to get a free insurance check.

Can I Drink Soda After Surgery?

It is not recommend consuming any carbonated drinks. Most patients are unable to tolerate the carbonation.

What Complications Can Occur After Surgery?

It is always best to consult with a bariatric surgeon on the complications of weight loss surgery. Complications may include leakage, nausea, hair loss, bleeding, anemia, hernia, stricture, osteoporosis, ulcers, pulmonary embolism, and death.