Gastric Bypass Surgery
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
In keeping with our commitment to provide the best surgical solutions for obesity available, Dr. Arsalla and Dr. Heath Smith offer Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery at My Bariatric Solutions.
This procedure facilitates weight loss by reducing the stomach size and diminishing caloric absorption in the small intestine, producing results that can be life changing. Visit our gallery of bariatric surgery results to view the transformations some of our patients from the DFW area have achieved after gastric bypass surgery; then, contact our obesity surgeons to learn more about how they can help you to achieve similar success.
What is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is a treatment option for patients struggling with morbid obesity. The procedure facilitates weight loss in two ways: it decreases the amount of food the stomach can hold, and it inhibits caloric absorption by bypassing part of the small intestine. This dual approach makes gastric bypass a highly effective method for helping patients achieve lasting weight loss.
Our Dallas / Forth Worth and Southern Oklahoma gastric surgeons recommend Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery when appropriate because of the many advantages of the procedure. Among these benefits are:
Can provide dramatic weight loss results. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the average weight loss five years after gastric bypass was 48 to 74 percent, and, according to one study, over 50 percent after 14 years.
Allows patients to maintain weight loss over time. Since the degree of caloric absorption has been surgically reduced, this helps patients maintain their weight loss in the years after surgery.
Can drastically improve or eliminate numerous obesity-related health conditions. Some of these problems include diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and problems with the cardiac, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, and gynecologic systems.
Is generally more effective than purely restrictive procedures. The Roux-en-Y procedure minimizes the number of calories a patient absorbs from the food he or she does eat. This distinguishes the procedure from Gastric Band or Gastric Sleeve surgeries, which is solely restrictive.
Does not involve removal of parts of the stomach. Unlike gastric sleeve, in which a portion of the stomach is removed, the Roux-en-Y procedure reduces the size of the stomach and decreases caloric absorption by rerouting the small intestine.
Risks of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
We want our patients in and around the Dallas / Forth Worth Metroplex, Amarillo / Abilene, and Southern Oklahoma areas to be aware of the risks of gastric bypass as well as its benefits. The primary risks are related to the fact that, unlike gastric band, gastric bypass surgery requires surgical alteration of the stomach and small intestine. Patients may experience “dumping syndrome” (indigestion, vomiting, bloating, and diarrhea that occur when a patient eats foods not included in the post-bariatric diet), nutritional deficiencies, and, in a small percentage of cases, surgical complications. To minimize these complications, My Bariatric Solutions provides extensive bariatric surgery aftercare and nutritional counseling before and after weight loss treatment.
If you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery and you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth or Southern Oklahoma area, schedule a gastric bypass surgery consultation by contacting us today. We will further discuss the procedure’s benefits and risks to help you determine whether this is the best treatment for you.
The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Procedure
Dr. Arsalla and Dr. Smith perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure at Wise Health System and Parkway Surgical and Cardiovascular Hospital in North Texas. This gastric bypass surgery is an inpatient procedure that requires anesthesia. In the first part of the procedure, a stapler is used to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach which reduces the amount of food the patient can eat. Second, the small intestine is divided into 2 segments and re-routed to bypass the large portion of the stomach and upper portion of the small of the small intestine. The final result is the “Y” shape for which the procedure is named. When the intestines have been re-routed, our gastric surgeon closes your incision.