Stomach Reduction Surgery Technical Summary

Stomach reduction surgery is based on medically sound operating techniques. Learn the basics of stomach bypass surgery and see if you’re a good candidate.

Summary Of The Stomach Reduction Surgery Theater Procedure


Step 1. Stomach bypass surgery is a major and complex medical procedure. Stomach bypass surgery commences with the creation of a small pouch, where tissue from the upper stomach is surgically stapled.

• Step 2. Next step in your stomach reduction surgery is that the surgically stapled pouch is modified to create a hole at one end. At this stage, the small intestine is completely separated. Meanwhile, the lower section of the intestine is attached to the surgically stapled pouch.

• Step 3. In the last major procedural step in your stomach reduction surgery, the intestine from the lower stomach is connected to the side of the intestine connected to the surgically stapled pouch. In so doing, the surgeon has created a 90% reduced “stomach” in the form of the surgically stapled pouch. Being so dramatically reduced in size, the “stomach” as pouch is designed to hold limited amounts of food i.e. 90% less than before.

Stomach Bypass Surgery

• What Impacts You’ll Immediately Feel. Physiologically, the patient now will feel “full” with 90% less food ingested, thus will not feel the compulsion to continue eating. In addition to in-taking less food, the artificially constructed pouch-stomach is designed to empty slowly, which is critical to extending the time between hunger periods. Food is not provided time to completely digest and be absorbed. Result? Dramatically lowered calories.

• New Stomach Fills Quickly, Empties Slowly. The pouch created in your stomach reduction surgery presents a radical change in digestive structures. Your new radically down-sized stomach-pouch now holds somewhere between 5% to 10% of its original volume, which translates into about 1 ounce or 30mml. The artificially constructed pouch-stomach is designed to empty slowly due to the hole size being calibrated to about ¾ inch or about 17mm across, thereby limits or slows the emptying considerably when compared to original dimensions prior to the stomach bypass surgery.

• Why Radical Weight Loss Occurs. The patient’s stomach continues to secrete digestive juices just as it normally would, emptying these digestive juices into the small intestine where they mix with food and cause the break down and absorption processes to begin. Critical to understand here is that absorption is now restricted to the short section of the intestine which is the only area where nutrients can be absorbed. The bulk of the digestive system has been placed on standby and is rendered functionally moot except for the secretion of digestive enzymes. In view of these radical interior plumbing modification, the patient experiences immediate and sustained weight loss. Her body’s years of excess fat is literally reabsorbed or burnt off as an energy source.

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