St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's
third-largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas,
including seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers,
and two freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at

Patient Services 512-544-LIFE (5433)

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Bypass is one of the most frequently performed procedures for morbid obesity in the U.S., and has shown to be significant in the resolution of type II diabetes. A gastric bypass restricts food intake and the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and attaches a section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine. Having a smaller stomach pouch causes you to feel full sooner and eat less; bypassing part of the small intestine means the body absorbs fewer calories.

See how this procedure works:

Life After Gastric Bypass

Excess Weight Loss
Gastric bypass patients typically lost up to 74% percent of their excess weight.

Health Benefits
Studies found1 that gastric bypass:

  • Resolved type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients and often resolved the disease within days of surgery
  • Resolved high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients
  • Improved high cholesterol in 95% of patients

Quality of Life
One meta-analysis stated that for weight loss surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:

  • Overall quality of life improved greatly.
  • They experienced improved physical functioning and appearance.
  • They experienced improved social and economic opportunities.

Gastric bypass patients are generally able to:

  • Leave the hospital within two days
  • Return to work after 2 weeks

Potential Concerns of Gastric Bypass
A condition known as dumping syndrome can occur from eating high-fat, high-sugar foods. While it isn’t considered a health risk, the results can be very unpleasant and may include nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, palpitations, and diarrhea. Dumping syndrome can be prevented by avoiding high-fat, high-sugar foods. Patients must supplement their diet with a daily multivitamin, calcium, vitamin B12, and iron.

1 - Statistical information provided by American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


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