Patient Journey

From beginning to end, the journey for a patient undergoing bariatric care is full of changes. It will require persistence and discipline, but in the end it is all worth it. Feel free to learn more about the patient journey.

How Does Gastric Bypass Surgery Work?

During your gastric bypass in NJ or NYC, the stomach is completely divided with a stapler to leave a small pouch that will now serve as your new stomach. Additionally, the small bowel is divided and the divided end is brought up and joined to the small stomach pouch. In doing this, your NYC or NJ gastric bypass surgeon allows the majority of your stomach and some of the small intestine to be bypassed, except for this little pouch.

Because the weight loss surgeon bypasses most of your stomach, you will feel full more quickly. You also will not absorb as many calories because the food is not going through your entire intestinal path. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure is usually performed laparoscopically (i.e. keyhole surgery with a telescope). This type of bypass operation has proven to be an effective, consistent way of losing weight and keeping it off.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Advantages Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is an effective weight loss operation in most patients and has been performed for many years. It generally leads to more rapid weight loss than the Lap Band and the sleeve gastrectomy. The gastric bypass is considered a standard of bariatric surgery because it has the longest history. Various forms of this operation have been done for about 30 years, so we have more data and experience than we do with other, newer obesity treatments.

There is a side effect of the gastric bypass called dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is stomach pain and diarrhea that comes from eating high calorie foods. This pain can sometimes serve as a useful deterrent from eating foods that will hamper your weight loss efforts. Another advantage of the gastric bypass is that there are no foreign devices put into your body, so there is nothing that can break or erode like there can be with the Lap Band surgery.

To summarize, advantages of gastric bypass include:

  • More rapid weight loss than banding
  • Long track record- the gastric bypass operation has been done for over 40 years
  • There is nothing to break or erode

48 Benefits of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Disadvantages Of Gastric Bypass Surgery

The gastric bypass surgery is more complex than either the gastric sleeve or Lap Band. Similarly, the recovery time is somewhat longer than it is with either the sleeve or Lap Band. This added level of complexity and the rerouting of the intestines means that the bypass has a slightly higher rate of serious complication rate than some of the other operations.

One reason our New Jersey and NYC gastric bypass patients lose so much weight is that the operation leads to fewer calories being absorbed by the body. However, this can also lead to a disadvantage of the operation. When fewer calories are absorbed, fewer nutrients are also absorbed. To help avoid further gastric bypass complications, patients need to take oral supplements of iron, vitamins, and calcium for life, and some patients also need Vitamin B12 injections. To summarize, disadvantages and complications of gastric bypass include:

  • This procedure has a slightly higher rate of complications than the other operations (i.e. gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy) because of multiple staple lines and new bowel connections.
  • There is a need to take oral supplements of iron, vitamins, and calcium for life, and some patients also need Vitamin B12 injections. Recovery time is slightly longer than after banding and sleeve gastrectomy.
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Recovery from a gastric bypass procedure occurs in stages. Recovery generally follows this pattern:

  • The first one to two weeks will be the most challenging and will require you to stay home from work.
  • You will be able to resume more strenuous activity around four to six weeks after surgery with permission from our surgeon.
  • You will be on a special diet and will be allowed only liquid or pureed food for the first month after surgery.

Gastric Bypass And Diabetes

Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the United States, so it is important to recognize that the bypass can be a particularly good choice for patients who have type 2 diabetes. In studies, patients with diabetes who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience a remission of their diabetes very quickly, sometimes only days after their operation. This is particularly interesting because there appears to be a physiological change that happens from gastric bypass surgery that may treat diabetes. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), approximately 80% of patients who have gastric bypass surgery go into remission of their type 2 diabetes.

Why Choose Nybg?

The surgeons at NYBG specialize in gastric bypass surgery and in helping their patients achieve a healthy weight. They ensure that your treatment plan is appropriate for your weight loss goals and your overall health. Their team of dedicated surgeons will work with you to encourage proper eating habits and to establish long-term lifestyle changes. You can rest assured that when under the care of our talented bariatric surgeons, you are in caring and competent hands. Gastric bypass surgery will allow your body to drop large quantities of excess weight so you can regain your health and vitality.

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Is the Gastric Bypass for Me?

It is estimated that patients lose about 60-70% of their excess weight over the 2 years following the gastric bypass operation. If you have struggled with obesity and are looking for an operation that will help you find rapid and permanent weight loss success, the gastric bypass in New York may be a good choice for you. At New York Bariatric Group, we have performed thousands of gastric bypass surgeries on patients all over New York from Long Island to Manhattan, Westchester, Fairfield County, and Dutchess County, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut. We are happy to talk to you about gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric bypass surgery is proven to be effective, but is it the correct procedure for you? Learn more by contacting us today or calling the New York Bariatric Group at 866-569-7049.

Gastric Bypass FAQ

Can I Have A Gastric Bypass If I Have Heart Disease?

How Do I Know If I Am Eating Correctly After Surgery?

Can I Have A Gastric Bypass If I Have Heart Disease?

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery says, “Yes, but you may need medical clearance from your cardiologist. Bariatric surgery leads to improvement in most problems related to heart disease.”

How Do I Know If I Am Eating Correctly After Surgery?

Your food consumption after gastric bypass surgery is geared to ensure that your health, nutrition, and healing proceed correctly. states that you should “eat small meals throughout the day instead of 3 big meals. DO NOT snack between meals” and “Do not drink anything for 30 minutes after you eat food. Also, DO NOT drink anything while you are eating. The liquid will fill you up.”


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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Note: A BMI of 30 – 34.9 or BMI 35 – 39.9 with no comorbidities qualify for lap band but is usually not covered by insurance.

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