Bariatric Surgeon & Medical Weight Loss Physician located in Austin, TX & Cedar Park, TX
Gastric bypass surgery can help you permanently lose up to 95% of your excess weight, which is one reason why it’s often called the gold standard in weight-loss surgery. At NuSelf Bariatrics in Austin and Cedar Park, Texas, you get not only bariatric surgery but also the long-term support necessary for peak health. Premier bariatric surgeon Sashi Ganta, MD, is a well-known expert in the weight loss world thanks to his cutting-edge approach and superior skills, and he’s ready to help you now. Book your consultation using the online scheduler, or call either office today.
Gastric Bypass Q & A
What is gastric bypass?
Gastric bypass is a bariatric surgery for obese patients. In this procedure, Dr. Ganta sections off a significant part of your stomach to make a smaller stomach pouch. Because you're not able to hold very much food in your stomach, a gastric bypass can be very helpful in losing a large amount of weight.
What are the advantages of gastric bypass?
Many gastric bypass patients at NuSelf Bariatrics lose 75-95% of their excess weight within one to two years of their surgery.
In addition to the obvious aesthetic and health benefits of losing weight, experts believe that gastric bypass surgery also improves metabolic function, including better blood sugar control, reduced cholesterol, and less trouble with acid reflux. Many patients with Type 2 diabetes are even able to maintain their blood sugar level without medication after losing weight through gastric bypass.
Am I a good gastric bypass candidate?
In general, a gastric bypass may be right for you if:
- You can't lose weight with diet and exercise
- You have a BMI of 40 or greater
- You have a BMI of 35-39.9 along with major weight-related illness, such as Type 2 diabetes
You also may be a good candidate for a gastric bypass revision if you’ve had gastric bypass in the past and are starting to gain weight.
How does gastric bypass work?
While you're under anesthesia, Dr. Ganta uses a stapling device to staple the top part of your stomach, separating it from the rest of your stomach to make a tiny pouch.
Dr. Ganta then divides your small intestine and connects the bottom part of it directly to the small stomach pouch. This means that food will move straight from your stomach pouch to your lower small intestine. Ultimately, you'll absorb fewer calories and nutrients from the food you eat. Dr. Ganta reattaches your upper and lower small intestine, which allows bile and pancreatic fluids to aid in the digestive process.
The gastric bypass procedure takes around two hours. Dr. Ganta is a meticulous surgeon who always strives for perfection. He takes all the time needed to get the optimal result from your gastric bypass.
Generally, you'll stay in the hospital for just one to two nights. Once you can ingest a clear liquid diet, Dr. Ganta typically releases you from the hospital.
How long is gastric bypass recovery?
Dr. Ganta performs laparoscopic gastric bypass using very small incisions, so patients often have a much shorter recovery time than with traditional surgery. Many patients return to their full normal routine in one to two weeks.
You’ll learn a whole new way of eating and exercising as part of your weight loss, and you’ll soon notice dramatic weight loss. NuSelf Bariatrics also offers gastric bypass support groups to connect you with other patients.
Find out more about gastric bypass by calling NuSelf Bariatrics or booking online today.