Gastric Bypass


Gastric Bypass is well studied and widely regarded as a safe and effective way to lose excess weight and treat obesity related disorders. Gastric Bypass surgery like any other surgery can be performed Laparoscopic or Robotic, Dr. Del Pino performs 98% of cases LAP. Laparoscopic technique means shorter recovery time and less/smaller scars. It may require a different approach depending on patients medical status.

Dr. del Pino discusses Gastric Bypass


Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass: What Is It?

The laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a procedure that combines restriction and malabsorption to make you lose weight. It restricts both food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. The pre-operative workup is the same as for the Gastric Sleeve, which is also performed laparoscopically. Gastric bypass treatment requires a one-night hospital stay, and most of our McAllen / Harlingen gastric bypass patients take two weeks off work to recover.

Gastric Bypass Gastric Bypass: The Procedure

During Gastric Bypass Surgery, Dr. Mario del Pino creates a new, smaller stomach about the size of a large egg. This new stomach is separated from the rest of the stomach but no tissue is removed. Since the new stomach is small, it restricts or limits the amount of food you can eat. If you eat too much, you will vomit. This small stomach is reconnected to the small intestine downstream. This distal part of the intestine is not used to receiving sweet, high-calorie liquids or food. If you try to eat this kind of food you will get sick and vomit; this is called the "dumping effect." Finally, the food is re-routed and "bypasses" the stomach and the first portion of the intestines, decreasing the absorption of food.

Gastric Bypass in McAllen: Advantages and Disadvantages

The results of gastric bypass are excellent, and the success rate of this operation is reported to be between 80 to 90 percent. Success is defined as losing 50 percent of the excess weight that you are carrying. Most of our gastric bypass McAllen / Harlingen patients are able to lose between 60 to 80 percent of their excess body weight in the first 12 months after surgery. Many health problems (back pain, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heartburn) improve or are resolved following surgery.

Advantages of the procedure include: no need for adjustments, no foreign body inserted in your body, the weight loss is fast, the procedure has been around for about 40 years and results have been confirmed to stand the test of time (i.e., follow-up data up to 15 years old). The risk of re-operation is less than with the Lap-Band.

Disadvantages include the fact that the procedure is not reversible, there is a risk of leaks, you need vitamin replacement for life, risk of bowel obstruction, internal hernia, marginal ulcers, bleeding, stricture, vomiting and dehydration. Dr. del Pino and his team will work with you to minimize these risks through continual patient observation, and diet and exercise management. These dedicated McAllen bariatric surgery providers will be with you throughout your weight loss journey for many years to come.

Schedule Your Gastric Bypass Appointment Today

If you would like to learn how gastric bypass surgery can help you realize your weight loss dreams, schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Mario del Pino by calling his offices at (956) 631-8155, or by clicking here. In addition to treating McAllen and Harlingen patients, Dr. del Pino is regarded as a top Brownsville gastric bypass surgeon.