The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
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Gastric bypass surgery, also called Rouz-en-Y, is a procedure that is often performed in patients that are severely overweight with a body mass index of 40 or higher or have a life-threatening issue due to excessive weight, and have not been able to lose weight with traditional diet and exercise. It is one of the most well known surgical procedures for weight loss.
Gastric bypass surgery works by reducing the size of the stomach, often to the size of an egg. This creates a stomach pouch, which is then connected to the middle part of the small intestine.
Gastric bypass can be performed two different ways. The first is called the “open” approach. With the open approach, the stomach is stapled through an incision in the abdomen to allow less food to be consumed. The other approach is “laparoscopic.” This approach is performed internally with five small incisions the size of a keyhole and with a tiny camera to see inside of the body. This approach minimizes the scarring in the abdomen. Laparoscopic surgery usually has a shorter recovery time than open surgery, but is only recommended in certain patients.
There are many benefits to gastric bypass surgery. Many people lose half of their excess weight after gastric bypass surgery and the patients with the best outcomes continue to follow an eating and exercise plan.
Like any surgery, there are risks associated with gastric bypass surgery. Some of these risks include dumping syndrome, infection, leaking from the stomach, vomiting if food is eaten quickly or not chewed, ulcers, staple line failure, and an opening in the pouch. If the pouch is found to have opened, it may be necessary to perform a procedure to reduce the opening.
The surgeons at Palisade Plastic Surgery in Fort Lee, New Jersey, have experience performing gastric bypass surgery. Call our plastic surgeons at 201-585-2388 to set-up a consultation today.