As a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure Right for You?
Are you considering weight loss surgery? If so, one of the procedures to look at is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. It has been performed for more than 40 years. This type of gastric bypass is one of the most common types of weight loss surgery in the world, accounting for nearly half of all weight loss surgeries worldwide. The process involves dividing the stomach into two parts: a large part and a smaller ‘pouch.’ Effectively, the procedure tricks the body into treating the small pouch as a full stomach. As a result, the patient will feel full more quickly when he or she eats, thereby kerbing eating disorders like binge eating.
The second part of Roux-en-Y surgery involves connecting the pouch to the second part of the small intestine, or the jejunum. By effectively shortening, the digestive tract, the surgery prevents the body from absorbing some of the calories or nutrients from food, fostering quicker weight loss.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is a good option for patients with severe obesity who have tried other weight loss strategies with disappointing results. Patients with high body mass index (usually 40 and above) typically experience the best results. However, patients with slightly lower BMI can benefit from gastric bypass if they also suffer from conditions like sleep apnea or heart disease. Gastric bypass surgery has also been shown to be very effective in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and it is a good choice for obese patients with substantial heartburn or reflux problems.
If you think this surgical option might be the right choice for you, contact Dr Harald Puhalla today for a consultation.