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Our Approach

Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the stomach and small intestine. You will feel full more quickly than when your stomach was its original size, which reduces the amount of food you eat and thus the calories consumed. Gastric Bypass also causes malabsorption. This means that your body does not absorb all of the calories that you take in. Finally, Gastric Bypass causes an increase in the production of hormones called incretins. These hormones stimulate the pancreas to make more insulin and thus can often cure type II Diabetes.

First, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs.

Our Location

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Bariatric Center
3030 North St..
# 340
Beaumont, Texas 77702

PH: 409-839-5673

More Information

  • Am I A Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
  • Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Patient Story


After a rare neurological disorder left Nicole Taylor in a wheelchair, the weight-loss surgery team at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Bariatric Center gave her the support she needed to live on her own terms.

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Our Team

Jerome Shrapps

Jerome Schrapps, MD

Bariatrics, Surgery, General

Medical Director

Kevin Dean

Kevin Dean, MD, FACS

Surgery, General