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Gastric Bypass

A combination restrictive and malabsorptive procedure in which a small stomach pouch is created then attached to a portion of the small intestine. Having the small pouch causes you to eat less food and bypassing a portion of the intestine means the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients.

  • More invasive
  • Have to take vitamins and minerals the rest of life
  • Higher risk for trauma and side effects
  • Can have dumping syndrome (rapid movement of food through small intestine that leaves the patient feeling flushed and uncomfortable).