Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is a truly remarkable operation. It is the original surgery for weight loss and has been around for decades. Therefore, it is the most extensively researched of all the bariatric surgeries. Since the first Gastric Bypass was performed in 1966, many other operations for obesity have come and gone, while Gastric Bypass has withstood the test of time. Despite this, as is the case with Severe Obesity, there exist misconceptions and misunderstanding about Gastric Bypass. However, the fact is that Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass is a very safe, effective and lasting treatment for the disease of Severe Obesity and is, therefore, considered to be the “gold standard” preferred weight loss operation.

How it’s done

Gastric Bypass is performed laparoscopically and usually patients can go home after just two nights in the hospital. A small stomach “pouch” (about the size of an egg) is created from the upper part of the stomach, disconnecting it completely from the rest of the stomach, which remains in the body, but is no longer involved in the process of digestion. The upper small intestine is then divided and its lower end is connected directly to the stomach pouch.

How it works

After gastric bypass, the food you eat fills the stomach pouch, resulting in a signal from the pouch to the brain causing you to feel full, even though you have only eaten a small amount. Consequently, you take in far fewer calories. Also, the majority of the stomach and some of the upper intestine are now “bypassed”. In these areas, the food no longer mixes with digestive enzymes and therefore cannot be absorbed into the bloodstream. Perhaps most importantly, the alteration of the stomach and intestine is accompanied by a period during which your hunger is significantly reduced. Therefore, after a Gastric Bypass, you will feel less hungry in general, eat less and take in fewer calories each day, but still feel satisfaction after eating. As a result, you will not feel deprived or constantly fighting temptation, as is the case with dieting.

How well it works

Gastric Bypass starts working immediately. It is not uncommon for patients to lose 20- 30 pounds in the first month. By six months after the surgery, you can expect to have already lost about half of your excess weight. It is typical to lose about 80% of your excess weight within one year. After surgery, the effects of the gastric bypass combined with our instruction and guidance will help you to change not only the way you eat, but even the very nature of your “relationship” with food, which will help you to remain at a healthy weight for life. You will also experience a dramatic improvement in your health and activity. Gastric Bypass often puts an end to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, acid reflux, back and joint pain and even Type II Diabetes.

After Gastric Bypass, significant weight loss and reversal of obesity-related medical problems should not be regarded as something only to hope for, but rather, as a reliable, predictable, expected outcome.

Type 2 Diabetes 83% resolved
High Blood Pressure 52 - 92% resolved
High Cholesterol 63% resolved
Metabolic Syndrome 80% resolved
Heart Disease 82% risk reduction
Asthma 82% improved or resolved
Sleep Apnea 74 - 98% resolved
Depression 55% resolved
Migraines 57% resolved
GERD 72 - 98% resolved
Bladder incontinence 44 - 88% resolved
Osteoartritis 41 - 76% resolved
Gout 77% resolved
Quality of Life 95% improved
Premature Death 89% reduction in 5 year death rate (related to obesity)

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“Being overweight made me feel insecure, sad and depressed. I couldn’t fully enjoy the days of my life or the beauty of interacting with my children as they were growing up.

I remembered these words in the gospel of Mark 11: 24: ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’ The Lord then led me to the office of Dr. Sprunger.

After my gastric bypass in November, 2010, I lost 135 pounds.

Dr. Sprunger tackles obesity with a fresh, realistic, honest approach. He doesn’t mince words and is always honest with me. Dr. Sprunger provides diet and vitamin regimens as part of a holistic, lasting weight loss approach that addresses both body and mind. What I have achieved is healthy, balanced and energetic living that anyone can practice starting now.

What I love about Dr. Sprunger is that with him, you’re not treated like a temporary patient. He regards you as ‘family’ and he has been true to his word. Dr. Sprunger always keeps his line of communication open for you. Again I say, I am so grateful for Dr. Sprunger and I highly recommend him.” 

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