Gastric Bypass

LoneStar Bariatrics

Bariatric Surgery & Weight Loss Clinic located in Frisco, TX

If you’re significantly overweight and nothing you’ve tried has helped you lose weight in the past, gastric bypass surgery might be the solution. At LoneStar Bariatrics in Frisco, Texas, Chad Carlton, MD, FACS, FASBMS, is a skilled bariatric surgeon providing the most advanced, minimally invasive weight-loss solutions available, including gastric bypass. To see if you’re a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery, call LoneStar Bariatrics today or schedule an appointment at their North Dallas office using online booking.

Gastric Bypass Q & A

 

 

What is gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is a minimally invasive weight-loss surgery that changes how your stomach and small intestine handle food. During this procedure, Dr. Carlton creates a small pouch in your stomach to process your food that bypasses part of your small intestine.

Making these changes not only changes the amount of food you need to eat, but also significantly impacts the hormones in your gut involved in blood sugar control, hunger, and fullness.

Gastric bypass can help you lose 60-80% of your excess body weight.

Who is a good candidate for gastric bypass?

Dr. Carlton and his team usually recommend gastric bypass if you have:

  • A body mass index (BMI) of 35-39.9 and a weight-related health issue
  • A BMI of 40 or higher
  • Tried losing weight unsuccessfully with diet and exercise

 

However, gastric bypass isn’t for everyone. During your consultation, Dr. Carlton and his team work closely to determine if you’re a good candidate by discussing your surgical options for weight loss and your overall expectations, as well as the risks associated with having gastric bypass surgery.

What can I expect from gastric bypass surgery?

Dr. Carlton uses laparoscopic techniques for gastric bypass surgery, instead of a large incision. Laparoscopic procedures use small incisions, specialized tools, and camera-guidance to perform complex procedures. A gastric bypass usually takes approximately 90 minutes and often requires an overnight hospital stay.

Long-term results with gastric bypass are often higher than other bariatric surgeries because your weight loss isn’t completely dependent on eating small meals alone. Men and women having gastric bypass generally reach their maximum weight loss goals within two years of their surgery.

After having gastric bypass surgery, it’s essential to eat small meals that include healthy food to avoid dumping syndrome. This condition can develop in up to 25% of gastric bypass patients and often causes:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Fullness

 

In many cases, foods high in sugars and carbohydrates — like candy, ice cream, soda, and pasta — trigger dumping.

For more information on gastric bypass surgery, call LoneStar Bariatrics or schedule an appointment online today.