Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass "Gastric Bypass"

Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery makes the stomach smaller and allows food to bypass part of the stomach and small intestine.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss procedures in the United States. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch, about the size of a large egg. The pouch is created by dividing the small intestine just beyond the first 50 c, of small intestine, also called the duodenum, for the purpose of pulling it up and attaching it with the newly formed stomach pouch. The other end of the small intestine is connected into the side of the Roux limb (the portion of the small intestine attached to the new small stomach) creating the "Y" shape that gives the technique its name.

There are some distinct advantages of the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass over other procedures. The first is the fact that most patients lose weight for the first year and a half. In essence, the surgery forces you to change your eating habits. There is a "golden period" after gastric bypass--the time when the body becomes accustomed to less food and patients have an easier time developing good eating habits.

Simply put, the gastric bypass procedure requires less willpower than a band to be successful early on. However, in the long term they both require a commitment to change, including the way patients eat. There is strong data which shows that with gastric bypass surgery, many people lose the majority of their excess weight and are successful in keeping it off.

Advantages gastric bypass:

  • Most patients lose weight for the first year and a half. In essence, the surgery forces you to change your eating habits.
  • Your body becomes accustomed to less food and you have an easier time developing healthier eating habits.
  • Requires less willpower than a band to be successful early on. However, in the long term they both require a commitment to change.
  • There is strong data which shows that with gastric bypass surgery, many people lose the majority of their excess weight and are successful in keeping it off.
 
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