Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure has been the gold standard for surgical weight loss intervention for many years in the United States. In fact, it was back in 1991 that the National Institutes of Health first recommended Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery for patients who had a Body Mass Index over 35 and suffered from any obesity related health condition, or people who had a Body Mass Index over 40, regardless of health. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has a long and distinguished track record in the United States among many bariatric surgical interventions that have come and gone over the decades. Numerous large, multi-institutional and long-term studies demonstrate that Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery improves health, creates the condition for dramatic long-term durable weight loss, and results in improved life expectancy in population studies.
How Is Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Performed? In most cases, the procedure can be performed by an experienced Western Bariatric Institute surgeon in around one hour. The procedure involves making five small skin incisions, each of which is approximately 1 cm in length. A small camera, called a laparoscope, is inserted into the abdomen, and the surgeon works to create a small stomach pouch from the larger stomach body, or stomach remnant, as it is called. A portion of the small intestine is then brought up and connected to the small stomach pouch with a small opening made through which food can travel to be digested. This procedure results in a sensation of satiety or fullness after eating only a small meal, and patients generally feel full after eating small meals over the course of their lifetime. Most patients stay in the hospital one to two nights, recover quickly and return to work within one to two weeks after surgery.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has been the most widely performed bariatric procedure in the United States for many years. Many long-term studies now demonstrate that the procedure is a durable and effective aid to long-term weight loss, health, and improved longevity. Most patients experience rapid weight loss immediately after surgery and continue to lose weight over the next 18 to 24 months. Most studies, and the extensive data at Western Bariatric Institute, show that over 95% of people succeed in significant weight loss and health improvement*. Numerous studies indicate that heart problems, lung problems, diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea and painful musculoskeletal problems improve in a high fraction of patients who have undergone Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.*results may vary
Western Bariatric Institute offers the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to patients who meet the criteria established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Namely, patients are candidates if they have a Body Mass Index over 35 and suffer from any health condition related to obesity. Anyone with a BMI over 40, regardless of health conditions, is a candidate. Some people are not candidates for the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass due to other medical concerns and this should be discussed with your surgeon.
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