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Gastric bypass often leads to more weight loss than other types of weight loss surgery. It was one of the first bariatric procedures and was originally performed open – with a large incision made in the abdomen. Today, gastric bypass is performed laparoscopically, using small incisions and a tiny camera that enables the surgeon to view the operative site on a monitor.

This procedure has decades of studies behind it, and it often produces weight loss faster than other methods, such as the gastric sleeve or gastric band. The gastric bypass procedure has proven to be particularly beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Looking for gastric bypass near you? At West Medical in Beverly Hills, we can provide a range of bariatric procedures to help our patients win the battle against obesity. We customize a comprehensive weight loss program designed to help each patient achieve and maintain a healthy weight, for improved health and longevity and better quality of life.


Bariatric surgery is not for everyone, but it is recommended for many severely obese patients who have not been able to lose weight with diet and exercise alone. Obesity is not just a result of being sedentary and overeating. It is a chronic, complex metabolic disorder with a number of contributing factors, and diet and exercise are often not enough to resolve it.

Weight loss achieved through dieting actually reduces energy expenditure, so you burn fewer calories and are likely to gain back the weight you lost. Weight loss achieved through gastric bypass and bariatric surgery maintains or enhances energy expenditure, so you burn the same number of calories or more and are more likely to keep the weight off for the long term.

Obesity-related diseases are among the leading causes of death in America. Studies have shown that bariatric surgery performed on severely obese patients can improve or resolve a number of serious health conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Asthma
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Migraines
  • Depression


Gastric bypass surgery helps you lose weight by making your stomach smaller and by reducing the amount of calories your body absorbs. It works by both restriction and malabsorption.

In the first step, the surgeon uses staples to separate your stomach into a small upper section and large lower section. The upper section is where the food goes when you eat. It is called a pouch. The pouch is approximately the size of a golf ball and holds about 1 oz of food. You will feel full faster, stay full for longer, and consume fewer calories.

The second step of the procedure is the bypass. The surgeon connects a part of the small intestine called the jejunum with a small hole in your pouch so the food you eat will travel through the opening into your small intestine. This causes your body to absorb fewer calories and helps you lose weight.


The gastric bypass procedure has certain advantages and benefits:

  • Performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive techniques
  • Results in sustained weight loss
  • Does not require implantation of a foreign body
  • Works through both restriction and malabsorption
  • Produces more weight loss than gastric banding
  • Does not require adjustments
  • Major clinical database of information available


Beverly Hills had its beginnings in the 1880s as the Hammel and Denker Ranch, where lima beans were grown. In 1900, the Amalgamated Oil Company bought the ranch and began searching for oil. When they failed to find enough oil to make it commercially feasible, they reorganized as the Rodeo Land and Water Company, subdivided the land, began selling lots, and renamed the area Beverly Hills, because of the hills in the area and after Beverly Farms in Massachusetts.

In 1911, Burton Green began construction on the Beverly Hills Hotel. After the hotel was completed in 1912, the visitors it drew began purchasing land in the area. By 1914, Beverly Hills had enough population to incorporate as a city.

Today, Beverly Hills offers luxurious spa treatments, world-renowned shopping, and 5-star, 5-diamond, luxury hotel retreats. For men and women struggling with excess weight, West Medical in Beverly Hills provides cutting-edge weight loss procedures and the absolute best in comprehensive patient care.

Obesity can have serious health consequences, as well as affecting your self-esteem and quality of life. Diet and exercise are not always effective for overcoming obesity. If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 30 or higher with one or more weight-related health conditions, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. Our knowledgeable physicians can recommend the most appropriate procedure along with a comprehensive program to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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