Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption. During the gastric bypass procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch. He then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.
Advantages of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Produces significant long-term weight loss (60 to 80 percent excess weight loss)
- Restricts the amount of food that can be consumed
- Greatly controls food intake, leading to rapid weight loss
- May lead to conditions that increase energy expenditure
- Produces favorable changes in gut hormones that reduce appetite and enhance satiety
- Typical maintenance of >50% excess weight loss
- Gastric bypass can be reversed
Risks of Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Is technically a more complex operation than the gastric band or sleeve gastrectomy and potentially could result in greater complication rates
- Can lead to long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies
- Generally has a longer hospital stay than the gastric band or sleeve
- Requires patients to follow dietary recommendations and life-long vitamin/mineral supplementation
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What to Expect After Gastric Bypass
You can expect to stay in the hospital after the gastric bypass for about 3 days.
Dr. Wizman will have you up and moving around right after the surgery in order to prevent the blood clots. Special stockings may be used on your legs to further help with blood clot prevention.
As with other bariatric surgeries you will start out on a liquid diet and then slowly transition back to solid foods.
You are able to receive a total of 6 weeks time off from your work, however, most people are able to return to work in about 3-4 weeks.
Follow Up After Gastric Bypass
Follow up is very important after any bariatric procedure. Your success in loosing weight will largely depend on your commitment to follow diet, fitness, and vitamin protocols. Except for the immediate post-op visit you will require to complete necessary blood work. The following are the visits after gastric bypass:
- 10 day
- 6 weeks
- 6 months
During each visit you will meet with the doctor, nurse or the physician assistant to review your lab work, bariatric food, fluid, fitness, vitamins and minerals protocols, weight loss success, and address any issues or concerns.