Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) provides a combination of restriction and malabsorption to cause weight loss. A small (15-30 cc) gastric pouch is created to restrict food intake and the lower part of the small intestine is rerouted to empty this pouch and bypass the stomach and first part of the small intestine. The procedure is usually performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
The gastric bypass has a more rapid initial weight loss, requires fewer follow up visits, does not require adjustments (not adjustable), and does not require a long term medical device to be placed.
Disadvantages of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass include the potential for anastomotic (reconnection) leaks and strictures (narrowing), nutritional deficiencies, ulceration, severe dumping syndrome symptoms, distention of the bypassed stomach and internal hernias, and is permanent.
For more information about the gastric bypass, or to find out if you or someone you know can benefit from this procedure, please contact our office at (814) 467-4750. Located in Johnstown, PA we also serve the surrounding areas of Cambria and Somerset counties.