Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Overview

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most commonly performed weight loss surgery in the United States. The Roux-en-Y procedure creates a stomach smaller, allowing food to bypass part of the small intestine. Patients feel full quickly and limit the amount of food that is consumed. Bypassing also results in the absorption of fewer calories, which ultimately leads to weight loss.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is performed by first creating a small stomach pouch by stapling part of the stomach together. This limits the food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is connected to pouch, which allows food to bypass the duodenum and the jejunum, which reduces calorie and nutrient absorption.

This procedure can be performed with a laparoscope, which is a thin telescope-like instrument used to view the inside of the abdomen, and typically involves small incisions with generally quicker recovery time.

When you use 1800mySurgeon, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. The qualified patient coordinators at 1800mySurgeon are prepared to help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area, who specialize in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon you choose.

Having Realistic Expectations for Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass will result in significant weight loss. Weight loss may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

The different weight loss procedures involve different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their surgeries by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

Make sure to speak to the anesthesiologist before you schedule a surgery, and inform them of any allergies or reactions you have to any medications. Make sure to tell both your surgeon and the anesthesiologist if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery:

  • How overweight do I need to be to have Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?
  • Is Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery the right procedure for me?
  • How can I prepare for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?
  • What type of Anesthesia will be used?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • When can I go back to work and return to my normal daily activities?
  • What are the costs involved in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Surgery?

If you're consulting with a surgeon from 1800mySurgeon, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Board-Certified Surgeon. If you already have a surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your surgical experience will be based on how you feel about your surgeon, the surgery, your recovery and your result.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Recovery

Upon completion of surgery, patients are taken to post-operative or recovery units, where a nurse monitors their progress. If the patient does not exhibit any problems, they may be discharged on the second post-operative day.

Surgeons highly recommend for patients to refrain from too much activity at home. Regular daily activities such as going upstairs and taking a shower can resume after a few days. Your surgeon will also recommend a dietary plan for you to follow so that your road to recovery will be quick and safe.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery Risks

As with any surgical procedure, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure can carry some risks. These procedures are suited only for morbidly obese patients who are in a constant struggle to lose weight and have had little to no success with traditional weight loss methods.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery can be a lengthy procedure, which increases the risks of complications from anesthesia. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • What are the chances of infection, leakage or bleeding?
  • What are the risks of Anesthesia?
  • Will I have nutritional deficiencies after surgery?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every surgery carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Patients that have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery typically lead a more comfortable life and experience greater overall health and wellness. Patients generally lose two-thirds of their extra weight within two years. This is attributed to the fact that the size of the stomach is decreased. The body will also not tolerate foods with high sugars and fats.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At 1800mySurgeon, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right surgeon; therefore all of our Board-Certified Surgeons are prescreened and continually monitored. We can help you find Board-Certified Surgeons in your area , who specialize in Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or we can provide a background check on any surgeon.