It is important to understand the two methods which create weight loss in our patients, restriction and malabsorption.
- Restriction refers to when a surgical procedure physically changes the capacity of the stomach, which confines the number of calories you can eat.
- Malabsorption refers to when surgery is used to shorten or bypass part of the gastrointestinal tract, which decreases the number of calories and nutrients the body absorbs when food passes through.
Both of these effects have the same purpose however, to reduce life-threatening obesity and related illnesses.
Knowing more about each type of surgery we offer can help you have an informed conversation with a Cleveland Clinic doctor.
After you choose one of these surgical options for weight loss, you’ll be expected to change your lifestyle after bariatric surgery.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Cleveland Clinic’s surgical team are experts in gastric bypass surgery for weight loss. Learn more about it below.
Gastric bypass surgery is an operation that creates a small pouch to restrict food intake and bypasses a segment of the small intestine. In the gastric bypass procedure, a surgeon makes a direct connection from the stomach pouch to a lower segment of the small intestine, bypassing the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) and some of the jejunum (the second part of the small intestine), delaying the mixing of ingested food and the digestive enzymes.