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Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most popular and reliable procedures for helping patients achieve healthy, sustainable weight loss.

At our practice in Plano, TX, Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III performs gastric bypass surgery using the Da Vinci® XI Surgical System.

Ready to learn more about ultra minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery at the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery?

How Gastric Bypass Can Help You

Lose Weight

Gastric bypass surgery leads to healthy, sustainable weight loss. Many patients lose 90 percent or more of their excess weight.

Improve Your Health

Gastric bypass surgery can improve several obesity-related health conditions, including heart disease, GERD, obstructive sleep apnea, erectile dysfunction, fertility, and type 2 diabetes.

Live the Life YOU Want

After a gastric bypass, you will have increased energy, improved health, and greatly boosted confidence, allowing you to go out and live a full, active life.

One Operation Can Change Your Life Get Started With A Consultation

If you are ready to overcome the struggle with weight loss, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cribbins and his team at the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery in Plano, TX.

Dr. Cribbins is currently offering both in-person office visits and virtual consultations. Whether you want to discuss your surgical weight loss options or you want to smooth your excess skin after weight loss, we may be able to help.

To request a time that works for you, fill out our online form or give our team a call:

(214) 501-1333

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Bariatric surgery leads to amazing transformations.

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Toni Hester


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Every time that I have visited the office the staff has been amazing. Professional is very important to me when entering an office and I have had nothing less. Friendly staff. You are treated like family. I would recommend this office to anyone that is looking for care at 1000% each visit and the cuddles we get from Marty the best dog surgical assistant you could ask for. I stop by when ever I am by the office just to say hello and greeted with a warm smile each time. Even after my services are over I will still continue to stay in contact with everyone in the office. I recommend Dr Cribbins services and staff to everyone in the DFW area. Toni a very happy patient

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Katie Cowen


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This has been the best medical experience of my life, and I'm not exaggerating. I'm only a few weeks post op after sleeve surgery, but the entire process has been fantastic so far. I scoured the DFW area for the best doctor to do this surgery, and the reviews for this office were great. Dr. Cribbins has a great bedside manner, and every member of his staff has been friendly and helpful. I was able to get the surgery within weeks of deciding to move forward, and I'm glad that I did. I'm only a few weeks into my journey, but I already feel better than I have in years and I'm so grateful to this office for making this such a great experience.

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What Is a Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, is a weight loss surgery that both reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes a portion of the small intestine. The surgery works on several levels to induce healthy, natural weight loss:

  • By reducing the size of the stomach, patients feel full after consuming less food (this is known as a restrictive effect).
  • Because a portion of the small intestine is bypassed, fewer calories and nutrients are absorbed (this is known as a malabsorptive effect).
  • The rerouting of the food stream reduces the production of ghrelin, a hormone in the gut that creates sensations of hunger. Less ghrelin production leads to a decrease in appetite and hunger cravings.

When performed by an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Plano's Dr. Cribbins and Dr. Chen, gastric bypass surgery has very low complication rates and can lead to truly life-changing weight loss.

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Da Vinci Bariatric Surgery An Ultra Minimally Invasive Approach

In the early days of bariatric surgery, performing a gastric bypass required large incisions that exposed the organs. Later, surgeons gained the ability to operate laparoscopically, so they were able to insert cameras and surgical tools through small incisions and perform the surgery without exposing the organs. Now, with advances in technology the next great innovation in bariatric surgery is here: the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Dr. Cribbins of Plano, TX, is at the forefront of innovations in bariatric surgery. He began using the Da Vinci system in 2012, and is highly experienced with this surgical technology.  The Da Vinci Xi Surgical System is an array of robotic arms that hold surgical instruments while being precisely controlled by Dr. Cribbins. When he uses it to perform a gastric bypass, he can operate through tiny incisions and make accurate, delicate maneuvers that extend beyond the limits of the human hand. The system provides him with a three-dimensional, high-definition view of the abdominal cavity, so he actually has a better view of your organs than he would with the naked eye.

The cumulative result of using this technology is a faster, safer, surgery with better patient results.

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"Dr. Cribbins is awesome!!! He listens and takes his time. He is very genuine." Jaymie Barrett, 5-Star Google Review

Gastric Bypass Step-by-Step

Dr. Cribbins performs Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at state-of-the-art operating rooms in four award-winning hospitals in the Plano area. Here's what happens during a typical gastric bypass:


You will be put under general anesthesia for the duration of the bariatric surgery.


Dr. Cribbins will make tiny incisions in your abdomen. Dr. Cribbins will later use the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System to access your organs through these incisions.

Dividing the Intestine

Using the Da Vinci Xi Surgical System, Dr. Cribbins will divide your small intestine into an upper portion and a lower portion.

Creating the Stomach Pouch

Next, Dr. Cribbins will use the Da Vinci surgical instruments to divide the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch that food will go into.


Dr. Cribbins will connect the lower portion of the small intestine to the stomach pouch, bypassing the larger portion of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. Then, he will reattach the upper portion of the small intestine to a point lower down on the lower portion.

Closing Incisions

Dr. Cribbins will conclude the surgery by closing your incisions with sutures. You will most likely have a hospital stay of 1-2 days before you are cleared to return home and begin your weight loss journey.

Gastric Bypass Recovery

Fortunately, our ultra minimally invasive approach to weight loss surgery results in recovery periods that are shorter and easier than ever before. That being said, a gastric bypass is still a significant change to your body's anatomy, and you should plan to minimize physical activity for a while before you are able to resume your normal routine.

Most patients typically have a hospital stay of one to two nights after gastric bypass surgery, and 3 nights is not uncommon.  Dr. Cribbins and the hospital staff will do everything they can to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during your stay.

Upon returning home, you will need to follow a very specific diet as your stomach and intestines heal. You will start with a liquid diet and gradually move on to more solid foods. We will give you very detailed instructions so you know what you are able to eat.

We like to schedule several follow-up appointments at our Plano office for our bariatric patients so we can monitor their health and weight loss.

Choose the Team that Cares  We look forward to meeting you

At the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery, we're not interested in performing as many surgeries as possible. Our heart and passion for better bariatrics is as big as Texas and that is why people travel the distance to see us.We genuinely care for patients and want them to achieve improved health and a better quality of life through weight loss. At Texas Center patients are family.

When you meet with Dr. Cribbins or Dr. Chen for an initial consultation at our office in Plano, TX or through telemedicine in the comfort of home, he will consider your unique concerns, goals, medical conditions, and more in order to recommend the most suitable approach to weight loss for you. Medical weight management, for example, might be better than weight loss surgery for some patients. You will feel at ease right away with his warm and caring personality and he never judges.

Discover why men and women from across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and all over the United States are glad they chose Drs. Cribbins and Dr. Chen. Request an initial consultation by filling out our online form or giving us a call:

(214) 501-1333

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Our Patient Results Say It All

With over 20 years of experience, our board-certified surgeon has changed over 16,000 lives in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Check out our before-and-after gallery to discover just how life-changing weight loss surgery with Dr. Cribbins in Plano, TX, can be.

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Eleasha Samuel


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Dr. Cribbens and his staff were very professional and courteous! I felt as if I've known Dr. Cribbens for years! His bedside manner was amazing and he made me feel at ease, also informed about my health care ❤

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ShaRhonda Taylor


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Dr Joe was so nice and knowledgeable and helpful. I am glad I contacted him because I feel I am in great hands. He answered all my questions and concerns. I’m ready for what’s next

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Gastric Bypass Candidacy

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is typically only recommended to patients who:

Have a BMI over 30

A body mass index over 30 indicates morbid obesity. Overweight patients can benefit greatly from the restrictive and malabsorptive effects of gastric bypass surgery.

Have Obesity-Related Health Concerns

If your weight has contributed to health concerns such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, or high blood pressure, gastric bypass surgery may be recommended as a treatment.

Are Serious about Weight Loss

Gastric bypass surgery is not reversible and will forever change the way your body responds to food. You should only consider a gastric bypass if you are ready to make significant changes to your lifestyle and diet after the surgery.

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Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve

In recent years, gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, has risen in popularity as a weight loss surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy is a more straightforward procedure than the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: it simply involves reducing the size of the stomach. Here are some comparisons to keep in mind when deciding between the two surgeries:

  • Gastric bypass can result in greater weight loss, so it is typically recommended to patients who are morbidly obese.
  • Gastric bypass tends to be more effective at improving health conditions like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Because gastric bypass surgery is more involved, it has slightly higher complication rates and requires a lengthier recovery period. 

Dr. Cribbins is able to complete both gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery with his ultra minimally invasive approach. When you visit our office in Plano, TX, for a consultation, Dr. Cribbins will determine which bariatric surgery is better for you.

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What Does "Roux-en-Y" Mean?

"Roux-en-Y" is the name of the most common approach to gastric bypass surgery. It gets this name because "Roux" is the name of the surgeon who developed the technique, and because the rearranged small intestine resembles the shape of a letter Y. 

How Is Bypass Surgery Performed

This ultra minimally invasive surgery is performed through 5 small openings with tiny instruments using the DAVINCI surgical system.
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Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery and they are affiliated with a number of national associations, including:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Fellow American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)

To schedule a consultation, contact us online, or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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