Roux-en-Y or Gastric Bypass Surgery
Here’s what the procedure entails:
Performed for nearly 50 years, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery procedure has been refined over time in order to limit side effects and optimize performance.
Bariatric surgeons operate through half-inch incisions. Specialized instruments are guided through these tiny incisions by high-definition cameras (this minimally-invasive approach is known as laparoscopic surgery.) By eliminating the large incision associated with traditional surgery, patients often experience shorter recovery times and are less susceptible to infection.
Also, the Roux-en-Y operation is safer and more precise with the proper training and expertise.
A small pouch is created from your original stomach, using surgical staples. This pouch becomes your new stomach. The rest of the stomach is left in place and remains healthy because the blood supply and nerves are left intact.
This new, smaller stomach is connected directly to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper portion of the small intestine. None of these bypassed organs are harmed or removed.
Advantages of Roux-en-Y
This technique is a proven way for patients to achieve and sustain weight-loss. Patients will often continue losing weight at a steady rate up to two or more years after gastric bypass surgery or until they have reached a healthier weight. This operation can be reversed or modified, laparoscopically, depending on the needs of the patient.