This procedure involves the reconstruction of the GI tract in order to permit the drainage of the stomach. After the surgery is completed the stomach is around the size of a golf ball which is only able to handle about 1-2 tablespoons of food.
Gastric Bypass patients approximately lose around 70-80% of excess weight within a year to a year and a half. The average weekly weight loss of a gastric bypass is roughly 5-15 pounds throughout the first few months.
With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:
- Robotic Gallbladder surgery
- Robotic hernia surgery
- Acid Reflux surgery
Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS
Side Effects & Risks
Side Effects/ Risks:
- Dumping Syndrome
- Perforation of the stomach or intestines
- Pouch obstruction
The procedure has three components:
- First, a small stomach pouch is created by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach, the volume of the pouch is around one 2-3 ounces
- Next the small intestine’s first part is divided and the lower end of the separated small intestine is elevated and connected to the newly created small stomach
- Finally the gastric bypass procedure is finished by connecting the upper section of the divided small intestine with the remaining small intestine, so that the stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of small intestine will ultimately mix with the food