Gastric bypass surgery is a surgical weight loss option that restricts food consumption and permanently alters the digestive process. The gastric bypass procedure is only recommended when all other programs of dieting, exercise, and medicine have failed.

Gastric Bypass Procedure 

The gastric bypass procedure begins with the removal of a substantial portion of the stomach in order to create a smaller gastric pouch and limit eating. After the stomach has been reduced in size, weight loss surgeons identify a portion of the small intestine to be bypassed during digestion. Once that section of small intestine is removed, the intestine is then re-connected to the stomach. Gastric bypass patients eat less, feel full, and only partially absorb the calories they consume.

Am I a Candidate for Gastric Bypass?

Candidates for gastric bypass surgery will have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 40, which translates to being over 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds for women. Gastric bypass may also be an option for people with a BMI between 35 and 40 who suffer from chronic conditions or life threatening complications associated with obesity.

Did You Know?

The Emory Bariatric Center has two convenient locations in Atlanta.