At the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, our team of experienced surgeons and weight loss physicians provide a wide range of bariatric procedures. The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery is one of the most commonly performed procedures with a high success rate. Often simply referred to as gastric bypass surgery, it is an operation that restricts food intake and calorie absorption.
What Is the Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery?
The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass procedure involves the creation of a small stomach pouch formed by dividing the upper and lower sections of the stomach in half. This restricts the amount of food a person can eat.
Gastric bypass creates a bypass of the stomach to the small intestine. By forming a direct connection between the stomach pouch and a portion of the intestines, the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body are reduced. The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery bypasses the duodenum, the very first portion of the small intestine, as well as a portion of the jejunum, the second portion of the intestine. By cutting off this area, fewer digestive enzymes are produced. The small intestine is reconnected at about 150 centimeters. As a result the mixing of digestive enzymes and ingested food is delayed , limiting the amount of time the body can break down these foods to turn them into burnable calories or stored fat.
What Are Benefits of Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass?
It is possible for patients who undergo Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery to see as much as one-half to two-thirds of excess weight loss within the first two years after surgery. Most people see significant weight loss early and stabilization of weight loss after the first 18 months.
There are some risks to Roux-En-Y gastric bypass surgery, as with any surgical procedure. However, because there is no removal of the stomach, there are fewer risks to the patient. This procedure can be reversed if necessary. It is important for patients to discuss the risks of surgery with their doctors before moving forward.
What Can You Expect from the Gastric Bypass Surgery Procedure?
The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass procedure generally takes one to two hours to complete using laparoscopic methods. Open surgery may be necessary in some patients, though this is less common. The procedure also requires several hours of recovery in the OR. Most patients will spend time in the hospital after this procedure but are back home within a few days to a week.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You?
When you come in to Doctors Hospital At Renaissance’s Bariatric And Metabolic Institute you’ll be given a full exam to determine if weight loss surgery is the right fit for your needs. The Roux-En-Y gastric bypass procedure is generally available for patients who are obese and unable to lose weight rapidly through traditional dieting.