Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The banding procedure creates a smaller stomach by placing an adjustable band in the proximal, or upper, portion of the stomach. This enables the patient to feel full after eating smaller amounts of food. The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure combines a restrictive process in addition to a malabsorptive component. It is known as the gold standard and is what all surgical procedures for obesity are measured against.
During gastric bypass surgery, a stapler is used to reduce the size of the stomach to restrict the amount of food consumed. The small intestine is then divided and reconnected to the new small stomach pouch. Decreasing absorbtion of calories consumed.
Benefits of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
The advantages or benefits of this procedure are:
- Performed laparoscopically (Small Incisions)
- Low long term complication rate.
- Improvement or resolution of diseases such as Diabetes.
- Loss of 65-85% of excess weight in 12-18 months.