Gastric Bypass


Catherine Spader, RN

What is gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is a surgery that can help adults and some adolescents who are very obese (morbidly obese) lose weight. It involves attaching the stomach directly to the middle of the small intestine. This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients that are absorbed by the body. 

Gastric bypass surgery usually includes a stomach stapling procedure. Stomach stapling reduces the size of your stomach and the amount of food you can eat at one time. 

Gastric bypass has serious risks but the benefits can be significant. Benefits include long-term