Bariatric Surgery 2

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass Surgery

During this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and then constructs a "bypass" for food. The bypass allows food to skip parts of the small intestine. By skipping a large part of the small intestine, the body cannot absorb as many calories or nutrients.


  • Rapid weight loss
  • Maximized weight loss
  • Sustained weight loss

Risks & Disadvantages

  • Because sections of the small intestine are bypassed, poor absorption of iron and calcium can cause low total body iron and a greater chance of having iron-deficiency anemia.
  • This bypass technique can also cause metabolic bone disease in some patients. Vitamins and foods rich in nutrients can help patients avoid this.
  • Chronic anemia due to vitamin B12 deficiency may occur.
  • A condition known as dumping syndrome can occur from eating too much sugar or large amounts of food. 

Learn more about Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC

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To contact The Center for Bariatric Medicine and Surgery, call 551-996-4424. 


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