Gastric Bypass

Minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery: Roux-en-Y

Is gastric bypass the perfect weight loss surgery solution for you? One of the most popular and successful types of gastric bypass surgeries is the Roux-en Y and the surgeons at Placentia-Linda Hospital are skilled in this minimally invasive procedure.

How gastric bypass works

Your doctor decreases the size of your stomach to a tiny pouch then connects it directly to the small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach and some areas of the small intestine. You will feel full faster, eat less and absorb fewer calories from the food you do eat.

How is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure performed?

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a minimally invasive procedure. Small incisions and laparoscopic technology create a tiny pouch from the upper section of your stomach. The rest of the stomach remains intact, but is no longer involved in the digestive process. The surgery takes about two hours. Recovery time is short, about two days in the hospital.

Is gastric bypass right for me?

Before you decide to have gastric bypass surgery, it’s important to commit to significant lifestyle changes. The procedure is permanent and non-reversible. Gastric bypass is reserved for people whose BMI is greater than 40, those who have a BMI of 35-39.9 accompanied by a life-threatening condition like heart disease or diabetes, or for people with a BMI of 35-39.9 who are experiencing physical limitations that affect their job, mobility and other quality-of-life issues.

What are the benefits of gastric bypass?

Benefits can include long-term weight loss, improved stamina and mobility, enhanced mood and self-esteem and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Additional benefits may include improvement in many obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and glucose intolerance.

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