Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is one of two surgical weight loss options we offer at AtlantiCare. Gastric bypass has been performed for nearly 50 years and is considered one of the most effective surgical weight loss approaches available today. It is also the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the U.S., with about 140,000 procedures completed in 2005.
Patients who choose to have laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery (or mini gastric bypass surgery) will typically experience these benefits:
*Improvement or complete resolution of medical problems is not guaranteed and they may recur if weight is regained.
Gastric bypass limits food consumption by using surgical staples to divide the stomach into two sections:
In addition, the intestine is redirected so that it connects with both sections of the stomach, creating a Y-shaped formation – as indicated in the procedure’s name.
By reducing the size of usable stomach and reconfiguring the intestine, the procedure restricts the quantity of food that can be eaten and absorbed, creating early fullness and greater satiety (satisfaction from eating a small amount), which typically results in weight loss.
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