Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery: Providing the Tools for Healthy Weight Loss


Laughing older couple walking in long grass next to beachIf you have been unsuccessful trying to lose weight through diet and exercise alone, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Weight-loss procedures are not a quick fix for obesity, but rather a tool that can give you the ability to lose weight and begin a new healthier lifestyle. The gastric bypass procedure can provide you with the means to shed unwanted pounds by altering the size of your stomach and the anatomy of your digestive tract. This limits the amount of calories that your body can absorb. Dr. Joseph Naim has already helped many patients experience the benefits of gastric bypass surgery at our Long Beach, CA-area practice. To learn more about the advantages of the gastric bypass procedure, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Naim. 

The Gastric Bypass Procedure

Gastric bypass can be performed as an open surgery, but Dr. Naim prefers to perform all procedures laparoscopically. This mean that the surgery will be performed through a few small incisions using specially designed surgical instruments. The technique results in a faster procedure with a shorter, more comfortable recovery.

To begin the surgery, Dr. Naim will reduce the size of the stomach by separating it into two pouches. He will then connect the upper portion of the stomach to the intestine. This procedure works by being restrictive, meaning it reduces the amount of food that your stomach can accommodate at one time, and by being malabsorptive. By changing the anatomy of your digestive tract, your body will absorb fewer calories. 

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Significant Weight Loss

By combining both the restrictive and malabsorptive effects of this procedure, patients can lose weight as long as they can commit to significant lifestyle changes. With healthy modifications to your diet and increased activity levels, you can realistically expect to lose 10-20 pounds per month for the year after your surgery. The average gastric bypass surgery patient will lose approximately half of their body weight in the two years after their procedure. 

Improved Health

In addition to experiencing massive weight loss, gastric bypass can improve your overall health. Patients may see a significant improvement in obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, elevated blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and heart disease. 

Shorter Recovery and Less Scarring

By performing gastric bypass laparoscopically, Dr. Naim is able to provide our patients with even more advantages. Minimally invasive procedures are just as effective as open or traditional techniques, but carry a much lower risk of complications. Because the entire procedure is performed through a few small incisions, patients are able to recover faster and get back to their normal daily routines. 

Learn More About the Advantages of Gastric Bypass

If you have failed to lose or keep weight off with lifestyle changes and would like to learn more about gastric bypass surgery or another bariatric procedure, we can help. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Naim.