Simply put, the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery reduces the amount of food and liquids that you can consume at one time. Your 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.
What are the risks and benefits of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?
Weight loss surgery can improve or resolve many health issues, such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea and high cholesterol. You’ll also gain the freedom to become an active, healthy participant in life rather than an onlooker. Every surgery has possible risks and complications. Potential risks with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery include:
Learn more about weight loss surgery options
If you’re ready for a change, you may be ready to consider weight loss surgery with the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center: