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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery
A Trusted Weight-Loss Surgery, Now with Modern Laparoscopic Benefits
Roux-en-Y - which you may know by its more common name, gastric bypass surgery
- has been performed safely for more than 35 years. It became particularly well
known when chronically obese pop singer Carnie Wilson achieved dramatic weight-loss
results after having this procedure. The Surgical Weight Loss Center of HawaiiSM
performs the surgery laparoscopically using 5 small (1/4 inch) incisions through
the patient's abdomen. Typically, within 2-3 days after the operation, gastric
bypass patients can leave the hospital on a carefully monitored liquid diet.
How Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Surgery Works
bypass surgery involves three main steps:
1. Creating a new, smaller stomach (gastric pouch) from the existing stomach.
2. Bypassing 5 to 6 ft. of the small intestine (normally 20-30 ft. long).
3. Connecting the bypassed digestive section to the lower section of the small
intestine, where necessary digestive juices mix with food.
Post-Op Dietary Plan for the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Following surgery, it is imperative that Roux-en-Y patients adhere to their
doctor's dietary recommendations. For the first 12 months after a gastric bypass
procedure, patients must restrict themselves to consuming less than 800 calories
per day. This is generally fairly easy as the stomach after this surgery is
about the size of your thumb. After 18-24 months, most patients consume about
1200 calories each day, allowing them to maintain this weight loss for the rest
of their lives. Following this surgery, it is important for patients to avoid
eating sugars and fats to prevent the "Dumping Syndrome."
Long-Term Results with Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Upon successful completion of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, patients benefit
from smaller stomachs and less caloric absorption. They eat less food, absorb
fewer calories, and, as a result, begin shedding excess pounds - a 70% loss
of excess weight, on average.
Roux-en-Y achieves significant weight loss in the following ways:
1) By reducing the size of the stomach (effectively limiting the amount of food
that can be consumed by the patient).
2) By creating a digestive "short cut" (achieving mild malabsorption by reducing
the amount of calories that can be absorbed by the patient's digestive tract).
Consider Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Is Roux-en-Y right for you? First, determine your Body Mass Index with our
BMI Calculator, then learn more about the specific
requirements and benefits of each type of bariatric surgery we offer.
To begin the process of improving your life with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
procedure, first register for an appointment.
The information gathered there is used to help qualify you for a procedure.
If you're ready for a surgical consultation with Dr. Cirangle, please contact
us via email or call directly, 808-561-5511.