Gastric Bypass

A minimally invasive procedure to help you lose weight quickly

One of the most popular gastric bypass surgeries you may consider is called Roux-en-Y, which is performed at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center.  

How does gastric bypass work?

Your surgeon reduces the size of your stomach to a tiny pouch and connects it directly to the small intestine. Most of the stomach and some areas of the small intestine where nutrients are absorbed are no longer used. Because your stomach is smaller, you will feel full faster and, therefore, eat less and absorb fewer calories.

How is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure performed?

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about two hours. Small incisions and laparoscopic technology are used to decrease the size of the top part of your stomach. The rest of the stomach is closed off from the digestive process. Once the process is done, you’ll spend about two days in the hospital.  

Is gastric bypass right for me?

  • You must commit to making lifestyle changes for gastric bypass surgery to be successful. It is a permanent and non-reversible procedure.
  • The procedure is usually reserved for people whose BMI is greater than 40.
  • If you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you might be a candidate.
  • If you have BMI between 35 and 39.9 and physical limitations are affecting your job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues, you might also be a candidate.

What are some benefits of gastric bypass?

  • Long-term weight loss
  • Improvement of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and sleep apnea
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Better stamina and mobility 
  • Higher self-esteem and better mood
You can read more about bariatric surgeries in our Health Library.