When you're considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is finding out more - more about the benefits and risks of the procedures. And remember: Only you and your bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is right for you.
Designed to reduce the size of the stomach and to bypass part of the small intestine, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption.
This procedure is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients.
The Roux-en-Y bypass surgery affects weight loss in two ways: 1) the smaller stomach pouch restricts food intake and 2) bypassing a portion of the small intestine means that calories are absorbed to a lesser extent. Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery is performed laparoscopically. During the laparoscopic procedure, six small incisions are made and surgeons use specialized instruments and a tiny camera to perform the surgery.
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Watch the video below to learn more about the gastric bypass Roux-en-Y procedure.
Health BenefitsStudies found that gastric bypass:
Quality of Life One meta-analysis stated that for bariatric surgery patients who experienced significant weight loss:
Recovery One study found that gastric bypass patients were able to:
Gwen: Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gwen weighed 279. Today, she weighs more than 100 pounds less and says she feels great.
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Rhonda: Gastric Bypass Surgery
By May 2010, seven months after the surgery, her weight had dropped from a preoperative high of 251 to between 180 and 185.
Katia: Gastric Bypass Surgery
"I can now do anything, go on bike rides with my kids, dance for hours - it was the best decision I ever made, it was the right thing for me."
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Potential complications can include leaks at the connection sites of the pouch and small bowel; infection; small bowel obstruction; internal hernia; pulmonary embolus and even death. Patients can avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies with proper supplementation, and our staff is there to ensure that nutritional levels are regularly monitored. A condition known as dumping syndrome can occur from eating high-fat, high-sugar foods. While it isn't considered a health risk, the results can be very unpleasant and may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and diarrhea. Dumping can also be viewed as a positive side effect to your surgery. Dumping will actually enhance your weight loss efforts by discouraging you from eating high fat, high sugar foods.
You must supplement your diet with a daily multivitamin and calcium. You may also need to take vitamin B12 and/or iron.A down side to this surgery is that it is difficult to view the remaining portion of your stomach. If there are problems after surgery such as ulcers, bleeding, or malignancy, the stomach, duodenum, and parts of the small intestine cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy.