Roux en Y Gastric Bypass 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The first question that comes to your mind - How safe is Roux en Y gastric bypass? This form of surgery is very common nowadays and often is less complicated than the other form of gastric bypass. It has been performed more than any other weight loss procedures for more than 20 years. The lap-band is another form gastric bypass surgery that has gained popularity and its major advantage is it does not involve a bypass.

A very small stomach pouch or "new stomach" is created usually about 30cc (one ounce) in size, whereas a normal stomach is about 1000cc to 2000 cc in size. Therefore this greatly reduces the amount of food you can eat after this surgery. In addition, approximately several feet (usually 3 o 4 ft) of the small intestine are bypassed (a normal person has about 20 feet in total). The new stomach pouch is connected to the bypassed segment of small intestine. This operation, works primarily by limiting the amount of food intake and to a much lesser extent, the amount which is digested or absorbed by your body.

When a surgeon performs the Roux, it is done through open surgery that takes one large incision. This incision often leaves a permanent scar on the patient. Unlike other forms of weight loss surgery, the Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery leaves the stomach intact.

The laparoscopic roux en y surgery will require several small incisions and will leave less scarring than the traditional method. It generally takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to perform the surgery and most patient will need about 2 to 3 days hospitalization. Upon discharge, you will be on a liquid diet and will not have any mobility problem.

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