Gundersen Health System offers laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery for patients looking for a bariatric surgery option. With laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created, about the size of an egg, from the upper portion of the stomach. The small intestine is divided about 15 to 20 inches from the stomach and one end is attached to the small pouch. The remaining lower stomach and bypassed intestine are reattached to the small intestine at the point of separation.
This approach requires 6 one-half- to one-inch incisions. A high-resolution camera and long, slender instruments are used to perform the operation while watching a video monitor. There are fewer wound infections and incisional hernias, less pain, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery than open gastric bypass, but this is still major surgery with risks for complications, despite the minimally invasive approach.
Our surgeons will help you decide which option is right for you. To schedule for seminar, call (608) 775-2331 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52331. For more information or to talk with our dietitian about please questions call (608) 775-0055.