The Woodlands Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y
Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y is the most common form of bariatric surgery and is considered the gold standard in bariatric surgery today. It is designed to reduce the size of the stomach and to bypass part of the small intestine.
In the procedure, surgeons divide the stomach to create a small pouch that restricts food intake to about one ounce. This new stomach pouch is then attached to the small intestine, bypassing the lower stomach and a portion of the small bowel.
The surgery affects weight loss in two ways: 1) It restricts food intake and 2) the food that is consumed is absorbed to a lesser extent.
Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery can be performed in two ways. In an open procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen from the breastbone to the belly button, or umbilicus. In a laparoscopic procedure, six small incisions are made and surgeons use specialized instruments and a tiny camera to perform the surgery. More than half of our surgeries are performed laparoscopically.
The Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y procedure has multiple advantages:
- Rapid weight loss. Patients lose an average of 70 percent of excess body weight within 12 to 18 months after surgery.
- Proven long-term track record. Studies show that 10 to 14 years after surgery, patients have maintained an average loss of 60 percent of their excess weight.
- Reduced co-morbidities. The procedure significantly reduces, and sometimes, even eliminates conditions related to obesity, including high blood pressure, Type II diabetes and sleep apnea.
- Reduced desire to eat. Patients report that they feel fuller faster and achieve satiety - the feeling of being satisfied - with less food; therefore, overeating is less likely to occur.
- Reversibility. Under the care of our exceptional medical staff surgeons, the surgery can be reversed.
Complications can include leaks at the connection sites of the pouch and small bowel; infection; small bowel obstruction; internal hernia; pulmonary embolus and even death. Patients can avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies with proper supplementation, and our staff is there to ensure that nutritional levels are regularly monitored.