Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RGB): This operation is the most common gastric bypass surgery performed in the U.S.
First, a small stomach pouch is created by stapling part of the stomach together. This limits how much food you can eat. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the duodenum as well as the first portion of the jejunum. This causes reduced calorie and nutrient absorption. This procedure can now be done with a laparoscope (a thin telescope-like instrument for viewing inside the abdomen) in some people. This involves using small incisions and generally has a more rapid recovery time.
- Pouch stretching (stomach gets bigger overtime, stretching back to its original size)
- Breakdown of staple lines (band and staples fall apart, reversing the procedure)
- Leakage of stomach contents into the abdomen (this is dangerous because the acid can eat away other organs)
- Nutritional deficiencies causing health problems.
- Improvement in or elimination of conditions associated with morbid obesity, including adult onset diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and arthritis and joint problems
- Improved ability to engage in physical activity
- A loss of 50 to 70 percent of that weight above the ideal body weight. This loss usually occurs during the 18 months following surgery
- Maintenance of this weight loss
- Increased Self-Esteem
- Higher Energy Levels
And much more..