Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Before choosing a weight loss surgery option, it’s a good idea to understand what bariatric surgery procedures are available in the Jacksonville and Valdosta areas. Gastric bypass surgery is currently the most commonly performed obesity surgery in the United States and has been proven to be an effective way to help morbidly obese people achieve and maintain weight loss success. Today, the gastric bypass procedure most frequently performed is known as a “Roux-en-Y gastric bypass“.

What Happens During a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?

This weight loss surgery combines two strategies for addressing obesity:

  • Restrictive: reducing the amount of food that can be consumed at one time
  • Malabsorbitive: reducing the amount of calories absorbed by the body

Restrictive Stomach Surgery

During a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, a small stomach pouch is created by dividing the stomach into two sections. The smallest section is stapled or sewn to completely separate it from the larger section, creating a small pouch that will serve as the stomach when food is consumed and digested. The smaller pouch that is left generally holds about 4 ounces of food, significantly reducing how much food can be eaten before you feel full.

Malabsorbative Roux-en-Y Bypass

Once a smaller stomach pouch is created, it is then disconnected from the duodenum, the first part of the intestine. The stomach is reconnected to the digestive tract at the jejunum, which is located farther down the smaller intestine. This causes food that is digested to bypass the first part of the small intestine, reducing the amount of calories that are absorbed by the body.

Both portions of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass can usually be performed laparoscopically, which utilizes multiple small incisions instead of one large incision in the abdomen. Laparoscopic weight loss surgery should result in less scarring and a reduced risk of complication than a bariatric surgery that is performed through an open incision.

What are the risks of gastric bypass surgery?

You should plan to stay in the hospital for 2 or 3 days after having gastric bypass surgery. You’ll continue to recover at home for another 2 to 3 weeks before you can return to regular activities.

As with any surgery there is a risk of complications occurring following surgery. Complications are rare and you will be thoroughly briefed on what you should watch for during your recovery. Possible complications can include:

  • Wound infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Ulcers
  • Bleeding

What can you expect after gastric bypass surgery?

After gastric bypass surgery, you will need to make significant lifestyle changes in order to achieve weight loss and avoid complications. Most patients find these changes quite easy to make.  These lifestyle changes will include:

  • Eating smaller meals
  • Eating more slowly
  • Eating foods packed with vitamins and nutrients
  • Exercising regularly

Making these changes after having weight loss surgery has been shown to cause dramatic weight loss. Gastric bypass patients lose an average of 60% of their excess body weight, and often see significant improvements to their health as a result. Research shows that having bariatric surgery can resolve type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, sleep apnea and GERD.

Is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass the right surgery for you?

Talk to Dr. Cywes about your medical history, current medical conditions, lifestyle, weight loss history and weight loss goals. Together, you can determine which surgery is right for you.

To schedule a consultation, contact us today 561-627-4107