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roux-en-Y gastric bypass

In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the stomach is stapled to create a small pouch and a passage for food to go around (bypass) a section of the small intestine.  Gastric Bypass is the most common form of weight loss surgery in the United States at this time.  In gastric bypass surgery, the surgeon staples off a large section of the stomach, leaving a tiny pouch. Patients cannot eat as much as they did before surgery because the small pouch can only accommodate a few ounces of food at a time.  This is how the person loses weight.  It is important that patients who have had a gastric bypass procedure make a lifelong commitment to making the necessary changes in their diet including:

  • maintaining an adequate intake of protein
  • taking vitamin and mineral supplements
  • avoiding sweets and fatty foods

Laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure may be an option for patients.  In this procedure, surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions rather than a large one. Patients may have a faster recovery time, lower risk of hernia, and less scarring.

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