Gastric Bypass

The quick overview of "Roux-En-Y" Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass is a laparoscopic procedure (through small incisions and use of a video camera that typically involves reducing the size of the stomach and reconnecting the smaller stomach to bypass the first portion of the small intestine. It restricts the food intake and reduces absorption of calories and nutrients, allowing the person to lose weight.

These operations can produce more weight loss than restriction operations. In fact, patients who have bypass operations can potentially lose two-thirds of their excess weight within two years of the surgery. Gastric bypass is the favored bariatric surgery in the United States because it can be safer and possibly has fewer complications than other weight loss surgeries.

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