Bariatric surgery - gastric bypass; Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; Gastric bypass - Roux-en-Y
Gastric bypass is surgery that is done to help you lose weight. After the surgery, you will not be able to eat as much as before, and your body will not absorb all the calories from the food you eat.
See also: Laparoscopic gastric banding
This surgery helps you lose weight by changing how your stomach and small intestine handle the food you eat.
You will receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This will make you unconscious and unable to feel pain.
Gastric bypass can be done in two ways. With open surgery, your surgeon will make a large surgical cut (incision) to open up your belly. Your surgeon will do the bypass by directly handling your stomach, small intestine, and other organs.
Another way to do this surgery is to use a tiny camera, called a laparoscope, which is placed in your belly. This is called laparoscopy. In this surgery:
Laparoscopy may not be safe for you if you:
There are two basic steps during both kinds of gastric bypass:
This surgery takes about 4 hours.
Weight loss surgery may be an option if you are very obese and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise.
Gastric bypass surgery is not a "quick fix" for obesity. You must be committed to diet and exercise because you need to continue dieting and exercising after the surgery. You may have complications from the surgery if you don' t. One problem some people have is throwing up if they eat more than their new small stomach can hold.
People who have this surgery should be mentally stable, motivated, and not be dependent on alcohol or illegal drugs.
This procedure may be recommended for you if you have:
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