There are two components to the procedure. First, a bariatric surgeon creates a small stomach pouch by dividing the top of the stomach pouch with the rest of the stomach. The small pouch is now approximately one ounce or 30 milliliters in volume. Next, the bariatric surgeon divides the first portion of the small intestine and brings the bottom end of the divided small intestine up to connect the newly created small stomach pouch.

A bariatric surgeon completes the procedure by connecting the top portion of the divided small intestine to the small intestine further down so that the stomach acids and digestive enzymes from the bypassed stomach and first portion of small intestine will eventually mix with the food.

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Learn from Dr. Erica Podolsky, MD, FASMBS, about Bariatric Surgery and who is an ideal candidate for this type of procedure. Dr. Podolsky will also dive into what patients can expect from this program and the lasting effects of this treatment.