Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass is a conventional surgery which is performed for the weight loss purpose. This surgery is performed for the persons whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or above.
What are the procedures to perform the Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass?
The patient will be provided with general anesthesia at the beginning. The surgeon will perform a process called stomach stapling. The stomach will be divided into a more substantial portion and a smaller portion. Here, the small part of the stomach is made into a pouch by sewing or stapling. The pouch can hold only a minimal amount of food.
The surgeon will remove the newly made pouch from the stomach and the duodenum (Initial part of the small intestine). It will be connected to the jejunum (lower part of the small intestine). After this Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass surgery, the food we take passes through the stomach at first and then moves into the duodenum and finally to the jejunum. It would decrease the absorption of calories from the food. This surgery method follows the malabsorption as the weight loss plan.
How to prepare yourself for the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass?
You will be made to undergo various tests and examinations before the surgery with the suggestion from your doctor. Always let your doctor know about your medications or health conditions if you have any of the following,
- If you are taking vitamin, mineral, Ayurveda, or herbal medicines.
- If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
- If you have diabetes and taking insulin
- If you are taking any blood-thinning medications
What are the expected outcomes from Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass surgery?
After the surgery, the patient should avoid any solid foods but can consume liquid items. Then after some days with the help of doctor suggestions, they can change their diet plan to soft and pureed foods. The patient has to be hospitalized for about 2 to 3 days after performing the surgery. It will take two weeks or three to return to normal life activities.
It has been reported that people tend to lose about 60% of their excess weight after the surgery. This surgery is also used to treat the diseases which are caused by extra weight issues. Such conditions are Type II Diabetes, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, increased blood pressure, high-level cholesterol, stroke, infertility asthma, and obstructive sleep apnea. It can also help to maintain and develop the person’s daily routine of life.