If you are struggling with obesity առողջ overweight related health complications, you may want to consider bariatric surgery. But which procedure is best for you?

Both gastric bypass and gastric bypass surgery can help you lose weight, improve obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, but there are differences in procedures.

How are the procedures different?

Both gastric bypass and gastric bypass surgery reduce the size of your stomach. They can help with significant weight loss by limiting the amount of food you can eat before you feel full and reducing the body’s production of ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”.

Bypassing the stomach

Bypassing the stomach involves the bariatric surgeon initially creating a small sac of the stomach about the size of an egg. The second part of the operation is bypassing. The surgeon will attach a portion of your small intestine to your new stomach pocket. The food you eat will travel from your purse to this opening in your small intestine, helping it to “bypass” most of your stomach’s small intestine.

Patients should avoid dietary supplements after gastric bypass, as changes in the small intestine can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients.

Stomach bypass can be performed both openly and laparoscopically with a small camera. Surgery usually takes two to three hours.

Possible complications of gastric bypass include:

  • Risk of malnutrition

  • Dumping syndrome or food is quickly transferred from the stomach to the small intestine

  • Intestinal disorder

  • Hypersensitivity to alcohol

  • Gastric or peptic ulcer:

With the right diet, activity, and’s recommended vitamin bypass, most patients can expect to lose up to 70 percent of their excess body weight within 12 to 18 months after the procedure.


Stomach surgery involves removing a large portion of the stomach, which results in a much smaller, banana-shaped stomach. Patients are left with 20-25% of their original stomach, which reduces the amount of food they can eat. Your stomach will stick to your small intestine as it once did, leaving your ability to absorb nutrients intact. The operation usually takes 40-70 minutes.

Possible complications of gastritis include:

  • Acid reflux

  • Leakage of gastric fluid

  • Stomach upset

Most patients with gastric ulcer due to changes in diet, activity, and the recommended vitamin regimen can expect to lose up to 50% to 60% of their excess body weight 12-18 months after the procedure.

Which surgery is right for me?

And gastric bypass, gastric bypass procedures are permanent, lead to significant weight loss.

Stomach bypass is usually recommended for people who have:

  • BMI above 45

  • Diabetes

  • Severe acid reflux

Gastric or peptic ulcer: It is usually recommended for the following:

  • People who have had several abdominal surgeries in the past

  • High-risk patients with serious chronic problems, such as heart disease or lung problems

  • People taking a lot of medication because bypassing can interfere with absorption և effectiveness

Together with your doctor you will decide which procedure is best for you.

Recovery from gastric bypass is usually more difficult than recovery from gastric bypass. Most procedures are usually performed laparoscopically, and patients can usually go home one to two days after surgery. If you have open surgery, you will be in the hospital for four or five days until your incision heals. Many patients can resume normal activities within three to four weeks after the procedure.

What is life like after bariatric surgery?

For the first four to six weeks after the procedure, you will be consuming small amounts of soft foods and fluids. You will gradually start adding solid foods to your diet or you will find that you feel full much faster than before the procedure.

You can expect to lose two to four pounds a week for up to two years after a stomach upset or bypass procedure.

This depends on healthy eating և lifestyle decisions, including:

●: Eating a dense diet with nutrients. Make sure you get enough protein to maintain your muscle mass, as well as a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

●: Regular exercise. When your body heals, set a goal to exercise regularly every day. Start slowly և Gradually add more intense exercise to your daily routine to help maintain weight loss և Improve your overall health and well-being.

●: Emotional support. Having bariatric surgery means a complete overhaul of your lifestyle. Find support groups to talk to others who have undergone a bariatric procedure; rely on supportive friends և family as you navigate this new life path.

● Moisturize. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.

: Take the recommended supplements. This may include vitamin and mineral supplements, depending on the procedure.

As your body heals from the procedure և you adjust to eating less food, making a plan for your daily life will help you achieve successful, long-term weight loss.

Choose to stay in touch

Sign up for the latest health news և trends, health և prevention tips և much more from Orlando Health.