Gastrointestinal Tract

To better understand how weight loss surgery works, it is important to understand how your gastrointestinal tract functions.

When you eat, the food you consume moves through your digestive tract. Various digestive juices and enzymes are introduced at specific stages that allow absorption of nutrients. Food material that is not absorbed is then prepared for elimination. A simplified description of the gastrointestinal tract appears below. Your doctor can provide a more detailed diagram to help you better understand how weight loss surgery works.

Gastrointestinal Tract

  1. esophagus
  2. abdomen
  3. stomach
  4. cardiac sphincter
  5. pylorus
  6. small intestine
  7. duodenum
  8. jejunum
  9. ileum
  10. pyloric sphincter
  11. large intestines

For More Information

If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your primary care physician about Danbury Hospital, call us at 1-800-516-3657 for more information, or attend a free event and learn more about losing weight through bariatric surgery and if it's right for you.