Gastric Bypass Specialist

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon located in Gulfport, MS & Hattiesburg, MS

When your weight gets in the way of your day-to-day life, even exercise and diet can ultimately prove ineffective at shedding the pounds. A gastric bypass performed by Dr. Donald Balder can help you lose up to 80 percent of that excess body weight. If you’re ready to take your life back into your hands, call the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery -- located in Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Slidell, Louisiana -- to make your appointment or book your consultation online.

Gastric Bypass Q & A

How does a gastric bypass work?

The gastric bypass works by limiting the amount of food you’re able to consume before feeling full and bypassing specific areas of the small intestine. That leads to fewer absorbed calories and nutrients overall.

Am I a good candidate for a gastric bypass?

You are a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery if you possess the following qualifications:

  • Your BMI is 40 or more, or you weigh more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight.
  • Your BMI is 35 or more, coupled with obesity-related co-morbidities.
  • You’ve been unable to achieve or maintain weight loss despite effort.

What can I expect during a gastric bypass?

A gastric bypass is an inpatient procedure that Dr. Balder performs in-office. You will undergo general anesthesia for the duration. After anesthesia, Dr. Balder cuts several small incisions in your belly and inserts the laparoscope and tools needed for the procedure.

Dr. Balder uses these tools to staple your stomach into two sections, creating a small pouch. This pouch is your “new stomach.” After creating the pouch, he will perform the bypass, connecting a portion of your small intestine to a small hole created in the pouch.

The entire operation takes from two to four hours, and you will stay under Dr. Balder’s care for up to three days.

Is gastric bypass surgery safe?

Like any major surgery, a gastric bypass procedure has associated risks, including bleeding, infection, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. During recovery, you may experience a few common side effects, including:

  • Constipation.
  • Dumping syndrome, a nausea or vomiting brought on after eating high-sugar meals.
  • Gallstones.
  • Infections around the wound area.

When will I see results?

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most effective weight loss procedures, and you should see anywhere from 60-80% of excess body weight disappear within 12-18 months.

How long do gastric bypass results last?

Weight loss resulting from a gastric bypass is a permanent, long-term solution to obesity, provided you also make the requisite lifestyle changes. Physical activity and dietary changes are critical for effective gastric bypass results. Dr. Balder will discuss these lifestyle changes with you before surgery.

If you think a gastric bypass can help you slim down to a healthy weight for good, call The Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery offices to schedule your consultation or book an appointment online.