Gastric Bypass Surgery

The gastric bypass, or “Roux-en-Y,” is a medical weight loss procedure. It works by modifying your digestive system. Gastric bypass surgery reduces the size of your stomach, and also the length of your small intestine. As a result, you consume and absorb fewer calories.

What is gastric bypass surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery is a metabolic and weight loss procedure. It’s also known by the French term, “Roux-en-Y.” The procedure works by modifying your digestive system so that you consume and absorb fewer calories. It modifies your stomach and also your small intestine.

Who is gastric bypass surgery for?

Like other bariatric surgery operations, gastric bypass is recommended for people who have clinically severe obesity. It has been shown to help relieve a long list of obesity-related health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and GERD (chronic acid reflux).

Benefits of Gastric Bypass

    • Potential benefits of gastric bypass surgery include:
    • Helps patients achieve significant, long-term weight loss
    • Improves confidence and overall quality of life
    • Reduces obesity-related health issues, such as hypertension, sleep apnea, and joint pain, and Type 2 diabetes
    • Can improve blood sugar and glucose metabolism
    • May improve fertility

What to Expect from Gastric Bypass Surgery

Preparing for Gastric Bypass

The first step is a consultation. One of our experienced bariatric surgeons will review your medical history, discuss your goals and answer any questions. If gastric bypass is right for you, we will create a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Your Gastric Bypass Procedure

Gastric bypass is typically an outpatient procedure performed with general anesthesia. Our surgeons are highly skilled in laparoscopic techniques, which allow for smaller incisions and an easier recovery.

Recovery After Gastric Bypass

You will need to refrain from strenuous activity for several weeks after gastric bypass surgery. Many patients can get back to work or light activity within one week, but your surgeon will evaluate your progress and guide you in your recovery. Our team of experts, including a dietitian, will provide support for your post-procedure diet and return to activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure itself takes between two to four hours. Afterward, you’ll probably remain in the hospital for two days. You won’t be able to eat solid foods yet.
You’ll feel moderate pain in the first few days, but you’ll have pain medication on demand through a catheter in your vein. You won’t be discharged from the hospital until you’ve weaned from your pain medication and are able to move around comfortably on your own.

At home, you’ll have prescription pain medications to take. Most people wean from these within a week. You may continue to feel your incision wounds while they heal, but the smaller laparoscopic surgery incisions heal relatively quickly.
The Roux-en-Y procedure has been practiced, studied and refined for over 50 years. It was once the most common weight loss surgery, but in recent years it’s been overtaken by the gastric sleeve. Today the gastric bypass represents about 18% of all bariatric surgeries.
Yes. While it is considered a safe procedure, comparable to many other common surgeries, a gastric bypass is a major operation that will change your digestive system forever. Even after recovery, you will have to continue to take special care of it for the rest of your life.
Weight loss in the first year or two after surgery is often significant. The average is about 70% of excess weight. Over the longer term, some people gain some weight back, but the average long-term weight loss is 50% of excess weight. That number holds steady for 20 years.
If you have medically significant obesity, just losing weight can do a lot to improve your health. But gastric bypass surgery does more than that. It makes lasting changes to your metabolic system to help you manage your blood sugar, blood pressure and hunger.

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