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Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery Podcast
Gastric bypass surgery involves bypassing a part of the small intestine that absorbs nutrients. For this reason, these surgeries are referred to as malabsorptive procedures.

Deciding On Surgery

Choosing a Bariatric Surgery Procedure

Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. It is an option for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods.

Before Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. It is a choice for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods.

Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. It is a choice for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods.

Types Of Surgery

Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery Procedure

Gastric bypass surgery, a type of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), is a procedure that alters the process of digestion. Bariatric surgery is the only option today that effectively treats morbid obesity in people for whom more conservative measures such as diet, exercise, and medication have not been effective.

Gastric Restrictive Surgery

Gastric restrictive surgery is a type of bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery. It limits the amount of food you can eat. This surgery may be used to treat severe obesity when diet, exercise, and medicine have failed.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is a surgical procedure to treat severe obesity using several small incisions and a laparoscope, which is a small lighted instrument with a tiny camera attached.

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Overview

This surgery takes out the part of your stomach that curves outward, called the fundus. After the fundus is taken out, your surgeon will close the rest of your stomach into a tube shape that looks like a banana.

BPD/DS Weight-Loss Surgery

BPD/DS is a complex weight-loss surgery that may be recommended for people who are extremely obese and have failed to lose weight through other treatments.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight-Loss Surgery

Roux-en-Y weight-loss surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of your stomach to a small pouch, reducing the amount of food you can take in.

Food Intolerance After Gastric Band Surgery

If you are severely obese, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) can help you lose at least half of your extra weight.

Adjustable Gastric Band: What Happens If You Don’t Follow Your New Diet

Food intolerance means that after surgery you may have problems eating foods that you once ate or that are part of your new diet. This can make it hard to stick to your new diet and keep the pounds off.

Dumping Syndrome After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Dumping syndrome is a problem for many people who have had gastric bypass surgery. It happens when the solid parts of a meal get “dumped” directly from the stomach into the small intestine without being digested. This can feel uncomfortable and may even lead to malnutrition if it isn’t treated.

Iron Deficiency After Gastric Bypass Surgery

Iron deficiency and anemia are common after a gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery, especially in women. In fact, iron deficiency can occur in more than half of women who are premenopausal who have this surgery.

Afferent Loop Syndrome

Afferent loop syndrome is a complication of certain types of stomach surgery.

Efferent Loop Syndrome

Efferent loop syndrome is one of two "loop syndromes" that can occur after some types of gastric surgery. In a loop syndrome, a portion or "limb" of the small intestine becomes blocked.

Risks of Bariatric Surgery: Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which your blood contains lower than normal levels of red blood cells or red blood cells that contain too little of the protein hemoglobin. It is a common complication of weight-loss surgery.

Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery: Anastomotic Leaking

One risk of gastric bypass surgery is that the anastomosis, the new connection created in your intestines during the bypass surgery, will leak. Leaking of digestive juices and partially digested food through an anastomosis is one of the most serious complications after bypass surgery.

Stomal (Anastomotic) Stenosis After Gastric Bypass Surgery

After a gastric bypass procedure for weight loss, some people may develop a narrowing of the new connection between their stomach and lower intestine. This complication is called stomal stenosis, or anastomotic stenosis.

Problems with Digesting Fat After Weight-Loss Surgery

Certain types of weight-loss surgery change the way your body deals with the nutrients in the foods you eat. This causes a rapid amount of weight loss, but also may lead to complications.