Procedures for Women

Gastric Bypass

There are two Gastric bypass surgery options:

Creation of a small stomach pouch

The stomach is divided into a large portion, and a much smaller portion. The small part of the stomach is then sewn or stapled together to make a small pouch (this part is sometimes called ” stomach stapling”). The small stomach pouch can only hold a cup or so of food.

Roux-en-Y” creation

The new small stomach pouch is disconnected from the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum). The surgeon then reconnects the stomach to a portion of intestine slightly further down (the jejunum).

After a roux-en-Y, food passes directly from the stomach into the jejunum, bypassing the duodenum. This leads to reduced absorption of calories and nutrients.

Gastric bypass is performed using tools inserted through small incisions in the belly. When laparoscopy is not possible, gastric bypass can be open preformed by a large incision in the middle of the belly.

You may already have a surgeon or you might be looking at financing options first, either way can help you understand your options.


Gastric Bypass Surgery cost breakdown include anesthesia fees, hospital facility fee, surgeon’s fee, pre-op lab and X-ray fees and post-operative care for approximately 90 days.

Factors not included in the cost of gastric bypass are post-surgery behavior, exercise/diet counseling, the cost of vitamins and supplements.


After gastric bypass surgery, people typically stay in the hospital for two to three days and return to normal activity within two to three weeks.

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At a Glance


2 to 3 hours


General Anesthesia

In/Out Patient:  

In Patient


3 to 5 weeks


For the seriously obese, the benefits of the gastric bypass procedure very much outweigh the risks. In general:

75% of patients are expected to lose 75 to 80% of their excess body weight, most of which is lost in the first two years following surgery.

Major improvements in risk factors for heart disease and cancer.

Around 70-80% of patients with hypertension will be off medication and cholesterol levels will fall.

Most type II diabetics will be cured.

There will be major improvements in a whole range of weight-associated conditions. These could include sleep apnoea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, shortness of breath.

Patients report less depression, improved self-esteem and confidence along with an overall increased sense of well-being.