Weight-Loss Surgery Options

What is a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?

Simply put, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery reduces the amount of food and liquids that you can consume at one time. A surgeon creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach, either as an open surgery or a laparoscopic surgery. The open technique is performed through a six- to eight-inch incision that extends from the breastbone to the naval. The laparoscopic technique is performed with a small video camera and small surgical instruments that are inserted inside the abdomen through five, 1/4- to 1/2-inch incisions. Most patients (99%) are candidates for laparoscopic surgery.

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What are the steps of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery? 

  1. Your surgeon begins by dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch (holding about 1/2 ounce of food) and a large bypassed stomach.
  2. Your small intestine is divided, and the "Roux Loop" is connected to the small stomach pouch.
  3. The bypassed stomach is reconnected to the Roux Loop 100 centimeters below the pouch. The bypassed stomach will continue to secrete stomach acid to aid in the digestive process.

What are the risks of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

Every surgery has possible risks and complications. Potential risks with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Leaks
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Leg clots
  • Bleeding

What are the benefits of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

Weight loss surgery can improve or resolve many health issues. Patients also experience what our office calls Non-scale Victories, or NSVs. 

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