Gastric Bypass Surgery
The Roux en Y Gastric Bypass is the gold standard and most common weight-loss surgery. It promotes weight loss by restricting food intake and causing a minimal amount of malabsorption (disruption in the body’s ability to absorb fat and other food elements).
In this combined procedure, the surgeon uses staples to create a small stomach pouch. The rest of the stomach remains, but is stapled shut and divided from the new pouch. The outlet from the pouch empties directly into the lower portion of the jejunum (part of the small intestine). So, fewer calories are consumed.
Studies show nearly 75 percent of patients maintained a 70 percent loss of excess weight five years after gastric bypass surgery. And, only one year after surgery, more than 95 percent of weight-related health problems are relieved. These health problems include:
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Degenerative arthritis
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
As with any surgical procedure, results may vary depending on a patient’s ability to follow nutritional and fitness recommendations.