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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Consider Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass surgery—a well-established procedure that can help people like you lose, on average, 70 percent of excess weight. Your experienced surgeon at REX Bariatric Specialists performs this treatment as a laparoscopic surgery, meaning with small incisions that let you recover faster and more comfortably. Visit us to find out more about the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in Raleigh, Wakefield, Garner, or Cary, North Carolina.  

What Is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery?

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery involves making the stomach into a smaller pouch shape and rerouting a portion of the small intestine. This changes the way the stomach connects with the digestive tract. This procedure restricts the amount of food that can be consumed and alters the absorption of nutrients, promoting effective weight loss over time. One of the key advantages of laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is its minimally invasive nature. Instead of a large incision, several small incisions are made, allowing the surgeon to insert a laparoscope and specialized instruments into the abdomen. This technique reduces scarring, minimizes post-operative pain, and generally leads to a faster recovery compared to traditional open surgery.  


Individuals who are seriously committed to reaching their ideal body weight are excellent candidates for the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. Ideal candidates for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery are individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher (or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with significant obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea). The best candidates are those who could not reduce their body weight through diet and exercise. Optimal candidates are those whose obesity is not due to any disease or health condition. If you have no plans to gain weight or get pregnant right after the procedure, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure. Individuals who have been overweight for at least five years and do not have alcoholism issues are good candidates. The best candidates have realistic expectations regarding gastric bypass surgery.  


During your laparoscopic gastric bypass consultation, we will discuss your weight-loss journey, including the weight-loss programs and treatments you have tried in the past. We will also evaluate your medical history. A thorough physical exam will be conducted to get an accurate assessment of your current condition. We will then develop a safe and effective treatment plan that can help you achieve your realistic body-weight goals. Instructions may be provided in preparation for your laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure. We will make sure you thoroughly understand the procedure and will answer any questions before scheduling your surgery.  

How Gastric Bypass Surgery Works

In gastric bypass surgery, the weight-loss surgeon uses staples to divide your stomach into a small upper pouch and larger bottom section. Food you eat goes only into the small pouch, which means you’ll feel full sooner. Next, the surgeon connects your small intestine directly to the pouch. This step lets food bypass some of the intestine, so your body absorbs fewer calories.

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Dr. Sharp, Dr. Ng and all of the staff are amazing! I completely trust them with my care. The surgeons are very knowledgeable and they will continue to follow you closely after surgery to make sure you are meeting your goals and healing properly. I really enjoyed the education and dietician classes prior to surgery. It prepared me for a healthier lifestyle in the long run. I highly recommend this practice.

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What to Expect After Gastric Bypass

The recovery process following laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery varies from person to person. Typically, it involves a hospital stay of two to three days. Patients will gradually progress from a liquid diet to pureed foods and then to solid foods over several weeks. It is essential to follow a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet as directed to ensure proper healing and successful weight loss. You may be able to resume your normal routines in about five weeks. Expect to lose most weight in the first year after surgery if you follow recommended lifestyle changes, including eating healthfully and exercising. By the second year, weight loss will level off. Take bariatric vitamins and other supplements as directed to help your body get all the nutrients it needs after surgery. Make meal planning easier with our bariatric recipes. Like all surgeries, gastric bypass carries some risk of complications, such as infection or bleeding. You can entrust your safety to the surgeons at REX Bariatric Specialists. They have performed hundreds of successful weight-loss surgeries with very low complication rates and are your best choice for a safe procedure. The patient may need to schedule follow-up appointments so that our experts can evaluate the results of the procedure and monitor the condition of the patient’s body.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Cost

The price of a Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass procedure varies from case to case. Cost will depend on factors such as the exact techniques utilized and the overall time required to perform the surgery. The patient must contact their health insurance provider to find out if the cost of their laparoscopic gastric bypass will be covered.  

Support for Your Journey

Find out if you qualify for bariatric surgery treatment, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in Raleigh. These procedures can improve many health problems linked to obesity. Then, learn how you benefit from REX Bariatric Specialists’ thorough preparation for surgery and support during recovery. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!


Gastric bypass surgery, like any medical procedure, comes with its share of potential risks and complications. Common risks include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. More serious complications may involve leaks from the stomach or intestines, blood clots, or the development of gallstones. Surgeons take extensive precautions to minimize these risks, employing advanced techniques such as laparoscopy, which generally reduces the chances of complications.
Weight loss following gastric bypass surgery varies from person to person. On average, patients can expect to lose a significant amount of weight in the first 12 to 18 months post-surgery. This may range from 60 to 80 percent of excess body weight. Individual factors play a significant role in determining weight loss outcomes, including adherence to postoperative dietary and lifestyle guidelines, age, gender, and pre-existing medical conditions.
Yes, regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon are a fundamental aspect of post-gastric bypass care. Typically, patients have scheduled visits during the initial months after surgery, gradually transitioning to less frequent check-ups as time progresses.
The cost of gastric bypass surgery can vary widely depending on various factors. On average, the procedure may range from $20,000 to $35,000. Factors influencing the final price include the surgeon's fees, hospital fees, anesthesia charges, and any additional preoperative tests or consultations. It's essential to consider potential additional costs, such as nutritional counseling and postoperative support, which contribute to the overall expense.
Gastric bypass surgery is generally considered irreversible due to its permanent alteration of the digestive system. However, in certain exceptional cases, revision surgery may be considered if complications arise or if the initial procedure proves insufficient in achieving weight loss goals.
Gastric bypass surgery brings about significant changes to daily life. Following the procedure, patients will need to adjust their dietary habits, portion sizes, and overall eating patterns. The surgery restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold, leading to a sense of fullness with smaller meals. Moreover, patients are advised to incorporate regular physical activity into their routines to enhance weight loss and maintain overall health.
Recognizing and addressing complications promptly is crucial for postoperative well-being. Common signs of complications may include persistent vomiting, severe abdominal pain, fever, or signs of infection such as redness or swelling around the incision site. In the face of these symptoms, it is imperative to contact your healthcare team immediately. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention or go to the emergency room if necessary. Early intervention can often prevent the escalation of complications and contribute to a smoother recovery.

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