Laparoscopic Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass helps morbidly obese patients lose significant amounts of weight without gaining it back. Most patients lose 70-80% of their excess body weight and keep it off for more than five years. To be successful longterm patients must adhere to an active and healthy lifestyle after surgery.
Gastric bypass results in weight loss by restricting food intake and altering the digestive process. The procedure is done laparoscopically with 5-6 small incisions. The surgeon creates a small pouch in the upper stomach that serves as the new stomach and connects the pouch to a limb of small intestine that bypasses the first part of the small intestine. This results in both a restrictive and malabsorptive operation. This means that you eat less and feel full, and you do not absorb all of the calories from what you do eat. Because of the malabsorption Gastric Bypass does require long-term vitamin supplementation after surgery.
Gastric Bypass is Associated with improvement, or full resolution of all of the following:
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Arthritic Pain
- Urinary Incontinence
It has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing certain cancers such as Ovarian, Breast, Uterine and Colon Cancer.
There are risks to gastric bypass surgery including leaks, bleeding, stricture, ulcers, obstruction, internal hernias, vitamin deficiencies and anesthesia-related risks; however, these risks are low and are weighed against the benefits of the surgery. The benefits are strongly felt to outweigh the risks in the large majority of patients, but surgery is not for everyone. Please attend one of our bariatric seminars for more detailed information.