Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common forms of weight loss surgery in the U.S. In this procedure, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, creating a tiny pouch, and then connects the small intestine to the pouch. Patients can't eat as much as they did before surgery because this small pouch can only accommodate a few ounces of food at a time. When the pouch fills with food a feeling of fullness occurs. The reconnected intestine causes the food to bypass part of the intestine so some of the nutrients and calories in food will not be absorbed.
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