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What happens in gastric bypass surgery?

Abby Ellin
Nutrition & Dietetics
A gastric bypass operation typically lasts between one and three hours, during which time doctors divide the stomach and staple the lower section into a pouch. “The gastric tract is then rerouted so digestion occurs in the lower small intestine, reducing the amount of calories and nutrients the body can absorb and making long-term nutritional deprivation a potential problem,” Stephanie Booth writes in Salon.
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