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gastric bypass Surgery in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Gastric Bypass Surgery Clinic

Is excessive weight stopping you from taking part in the activities that you once really enjoyed? Are you discovering that even simple tasks have become more and more difficult? Obesity can seriously affect your life by disrupting your daily routine and potentially causing serious health problems like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). If you struggle daily with obesity and have found limited success through exercise and changes to your diet, you may be a perfect candidate for gastric bypass surgery in Los Angeles offered by bariatric surgeon Dr. Joseph Naim. By controlling and reducing the amount of food (and calories) put into your body, gastric bypass surgery can help you find dramatic weight loss results. Contact us today to learn more.


When eaten, food typically travels through your intestines and down into your stomach. After that, it moves into the small intestine, where your body absorbs most of the nutrients and calories that the food has to offer. The food then passes through to the large intestine, where additional moisture is removed from the food before it is expelled from the body. To put it simply, a gastric bypass sections off a portion of your stomach so that you don`t eat as much.

The procedure is completed in two parts. In the first step, Dr. Naim uses staples to section off your stomach into two areas: a lower pouch and an upper pouch. The "upper pouch" only has a capacity of approximately one ounce, and it will eventually be the part of the stomach that holds the food.

After that, Dr. Naim takes a specific part of the small intestine, the jejunum, and attaches it to the "upper pouch." This bypasses the "lower pouch," and allows the food to reach your small intestine much more quickly, meaning that you will absorb fewer calories.

In the past, gastric bypass surgery could only be performed through open surgery. Dr. Naim prefers to use a virtually non-invasive technique called laparoscopic surgery. Tiny incisions are made in your abdomen, allowing the laparoscopes (thin, long tubes with microscopic cameras) to be inserted and resulting in a quicker, more comfortable recovery.


Dr. Naim performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery designed to result in as little pain as possible, but you will still feel some discomfort for at least seven days after your gastric bypass surgery, and you should set aside three to five days for recovery in the hospital. You will also need to take caution when deciding what to eat and drink in the first few weeks after the gastric bypass surgery.

After the surgery is complete, your body may start to experience what we call "dumping syndrome," which is recognized by symptoms like excessive nausea, shakiness, and diarrhea. To stop this from happening, you should ensure that your doctor's orders regarding your diet are followed stringently.

You will be placed on an all-liquid diet for the first day or so after the surgery. After working your way up to a pureed diet, you will be able to gradually reintroduce solid food into your body. Even at this point, it will still be vital for you to chew your food thoroughly and only eat small portions. If you eat too much in the days following the surgery, you risk potentially stretching out the upper portion of your stomach, rendering the procedure and its ensuing results not as effective.


Gastric bypass is not a procedure that's meant to be a magic solution. Just like other types of bariatric surgery (like LAP-BAND and sleeve gastrectomy), changes to lifestyle are necessary in order to see the intended results.

To experience the full effects of the procedure, and to ensure that their results last, patients will need to make significant alterations to their lifestyle, including their diet and their level of activity. Patients that successfully adapt to this new lifestyle can experience dramatic change. The typical gastric bypass patient loses a significant portion of their total body weight in the first two years, proving especially helpful to patients suffering from obesity-related health conditions.*


In order to qualify for gastric bypass, a patient must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have made serious but failed efforts in the past to lose weight using regular diet and exercise
  • Have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater or equal to 40, or a BMI of 35-40 along with weight-related health problems
  • Have a commitment to making the necessary changes in lifestyle following surgery


To find out more about getting gastric bypass surgery in Los Angeles, (and to get more information on the highly effective Roux-en-Y technique), call us today. Our knowledgeable staff members will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and schedule an appointment with Dr. Naim. During the initial consultation, Dr. Naim will provide you with a comprehensive exam where you can decide on your weight loss options and discuss your candidacy for procedures like gastric bypass.*

*Results are not guaranteed and may vary.