Gastric bypass surgery, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a weight-loss surgery that involves creating a small pouch of stomach and connecting this pouch directly to the small intestine. After this procedure, swallowed food will enter this small pouch of stomach and then go directly into the small intestine, bypassing most of your stomach and the first section of the small intestine.
Gastric bypass is one of the most commonly performed bariatric surgeries. We perform the procedure when diet and exercise have failed, or when you have serious health problems due to your weight.
We perform gastric bypass to help you lose excess weight and reduce your risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, including:
We typically perform gastric bypass only after you've tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits. Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries could be options for you if your BMI is 40 or higher (extreme obesity). It is also performed if your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity) and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or severe sleep apnea.
In some cases, you may qualify for weight-loss surgery even if your BMI is 30 to 34 and you have serious weight-related health problems. Remember that gastric bypass isn't for everyone who is severely overweight. You’ll likely need to meet certain medical guidelines to qualify for weight-loss surgery, with an extensive screening process to see if you qualify.
It’s important that you are willing to make some permanent changes in order to lead a healthier lifestyle. You may also require long-term follow-up plans that include monitoring your nutrition, lifestyle, and behavior, along with your medical conditions.
Be sure to check with your health insurance plan or your regional Medicare or Medicaid office to learn whether your policy covers weight-loss surgery.
For more information on gastric bypass surgery call our Anniston, Alabama office today at (256) 240-9660 to schedule a personal appointment.