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.
Advantages of Roux -en -Y gastric bypass:
- Requires no implantable medical device.
- More rapid initial weight weight loss.
- Significant improvement in pre-existing medical problems (high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol)
- Less frequent follow-up required.
Disadvantages of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass:
- Difficult to reverse
- Non Adjustable
- Requires cutting and stapling of the stomach and small intestine
- Potential for anastomotic (reconnection) leaks and strictures (narrowing)
- Potential for nutritional deficiencies, ulceration, and internal hernia
- Potential for dumping syndrome symptoms (unpleasant side effect that may include nausea, vomiting, sweating, cramping and diarrhea)
- Inability to detect the bypassed stomach and small intestine using X-ray or endoscopy.
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.