Dr. Blackstone shares what gastric bypass surgery is.
A gastric bypass procedure is a procedure in which another small pouch of the stomach is created, but staples are used to divide that pouch from the larger part of the stomach, so there’s no longer any connection between the two. Then a piece of intestine is brought up through the abdomen, from the lower abdomen, and hooked up to that new pouch so that when you eat, you have a very small amount of food that you can eat and the food goes directly into the small intestine bypassing the larger part of the stomach and the duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine, into the jejunum.
So the food in a sense bypasses about a 100 centimeters (cm) of the digestive tract before the digestive juice mixes in with the food.
About Dr. Robin Blackstone, M.D.:
Dr. Robin Blackstone is a surgeon and Director at the Scottsdale Bariatric Center and Medical Director at the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Program. She is one of the few women surgeons in the world specializing in the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. With her practice focused entirely on Weight Loss Surgery, she is committed to providing patients with the very best care possible.