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Gastric Bypass

One of the most popular and successful surgical approaches is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. This procedure involves a modification of the stomach so that only a small amount of food can be eaten at one time. A small pouch is created at the top of the stomach effectively shrinking the volume of the stomach two ounces from a gallon.

Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the duodenum (at first segment of the small intestine) as well as the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). The pouch is sealed shut with staples.

As gastric-bypass implies, food is routed past much of the stomach, and the first part of the small intestine. Patients lose weight because this small pouch restricts the amount of food that can be eaten comfortably and less nutrient absorption due to the intestinal bypass.

The Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass procedure can be now performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques, also known as laparoscopic surgery. The laparoscopic procedure employs specially designed instruments inserted through small incisions. Surgical video cameras called laparscopes are also inserted so the surgeon can see inside the body. Surgeons watch on monitors as they perform the surgery.

Surgeons using laparoscopy perform precisely the same operation that is done by the open procedure. The several small incisions instead of one very large results in a reduction in post surgical pain, shortened post surgical time in the hospital, shortened overall patient recovery, and sharply reduced risk of infection.

Published literature on Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric-bypass shows an excess weight loss of about 75% in the first year after surgery. BMI, the measure of obesity, drops from an average of 48 before an operation to an average of 30 at one year and 27 at two years. Diabetes is resolved in over 95%m of patients after laparoscopic bariatric surgery. It is important to remember that this is an aid to support you in achieving lasting results by limiting food intake, reducing appetite and slowing digestion.

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