Bariatric procedures come in many forms and functions, but the Roux-en Y gastric bypass surgery is arguably the most common and best known. An earlier predecessor was introduced in the 1960s, with the common Roux-en-Y operation coming several years later. The most common weight loss surgery in the United States, this option is performed over 150,000 times per year.
With a long history and decades of use, gastric bypasses are able to provide weight loss solutions to hundreds of patients at Omaha Gastric Bypass. Staffed by a team of highly qualified, experienced professionals, we’re happy to help you start your weight loss journey with us.
How Gastric Bypass Works
Gastric bypass surgery is designed to limit stomach capacity and reduce appetite. Generally performed laparoscopically, one of our surgeons will use a small part of the stomach to create a new stomach pouch, about the size of an egg. This smaller stomach space is then surgically attached to the jejunum, or the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the duodenum, or upper part of the small intestine, entirely. This greatly reduces the available size of the stomach, making portion control much easier to maintain.
Expected Weight Loss
In general, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures are very effective. With a reduced appetite and a restricted diet as suggested by our counseling and nutrition professionals, weight loss can be quick, transforming your body over the course of the year following the procedure. On average, patients lose over half of their excess weight following a successful gastric bypass, with a mean weight regain of 20 to 25% over the following decade. Weight loss is, of course, dependent on many things, including adherence to a diet and exercise regimen.
Pros and Cons
Gastric bypass procedures have many advantages. Primarily, patients often see dramatic weight loss quickly, with the potential to lose 100 pounds or more. For those who adhere to the rules, weight loss is often largely permanent, as well. This kind of transformation can also benefit the body as a whole, reducing the risk for critical illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.
Despite the benefits, gastric bypass surgery is not right for everyone. Life after surgery requires a stringent lifestyle change. In addition, due to the changes to stomach structure, absorption of calories, nutrients, and vitamins can be negatively affected. Patients are also at risk for dumping, a condition that leads to nausea, reflux, vomiting, and diarrhea when dietary restrictions are not met.
If you are considering Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, Omaha Gastric Bypass is here to support you through your journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how our surgeons can make a difference for you.