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What is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?

Today nearly thirty four percent of American adults are obese, which is more than twice the percentage 30 years ago. It is no wonder then, that gastric bypass surgery is such a popular weight loss surgery in the United States. If anything, there has been an increase in the need for Roux-en-Y bypass surgeries since Dr. Mason conducted the first in 1967.

During the Roux-en-Y procedure, a small portion of the top of the stomach is detached and reconnected to the middle of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach as well as a portion of the small intestine.

What makes this form of gastric bypass surgery so effective is that the new, smaller stomach pouch is too small to hold any more than a few ounces of food at a time. Big eaters are forced to eat smaller portions of food. Patients also have to learn to eat slower, as eating quickly can induce vomiting.

Not only does the surgery require that patients relearn how to eat, the new stomach pouch absorbs fewer calories, which leads to greater weight loss.

Roux-en-Y Risks

Because the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a major surgery it may surprise you that the procedure has fewer complications than other bariatric surgeries. But there are, of course, serious risks that you should consider.

As with any surgery, there is risk of infection in the incisions. Also, a relatively high percentage of patients develop gallstones following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Some surgeons even remove the gall bladder during the procedure to circumvent this risk.

If you are planning to undergo Roux-en-Y surgery, your doctor will likely recommend that you begin taking nutritional supplements in order to prevent conditions such as anemia, osteoporosis, or chronic B12 deficiency. Nutritional deficiencies occur because a portion of the stomach is bypassed and food is eliminated more quickly. Other possible complications include the development of ulcers and hernias.

Do The Benefits of Roux-en-Y Outweigh The Risks?

This is a question you will need to take time to consider. Many patients who receive Roux-en-Y surgery are largely overweight (BMI of 40 or higher) and are already facing life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. For these individuals, this procedure can be life saving.

Patients who undergo the surgery can expect to lose weight immediately after surgery and continue losing for approximately one year after surgery. At that time, weight lost averages at about 80% of the total excess weight. Some of this weight may be regained. On a positive note, many patients who elect to undergo Roux-en-Y surgery are ready to make the life changes necessary to make the positive results from surgery last.

Contact Surgical Arts of Inland Empire to learn more about Roux-en-Y in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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