Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y, may help improve weight-related complications like diabetes. During gastric bypass surgery, a one-half to one-ounce pouch about the size of an egg is made from the stomach and connected to the rest of the gastrointestinal tract, changing the pathway of the small intestine.

Surgery

  • Surgery one to one and a half hours
  • Two- to three-day hospital stay
  • Two to six weeks recovery period

Benefits

  • Fastest and greater weight loss on average, with 60 to 80 percent of expected weight lost 18 to 24 months after surgery
  • More successful at helping patients improve weight-related conditions like diabetes

Risks

  • Leakage through staples or sutures that hold stomach and intestine together
  • Injury to spleen during surgery
  • Ulcers develop in the stomach or small intestine
  • Blockage of stomach opening
  • Internal hernias
  • Vitamin and iron deficiency

Other Considerations

  • Not reversible
  • Fastest weight loss
  • Nausea and dumping syndrome with certain foods (large amounts of sugar may cause diarrhea and sweating)
  • Vitamins mandatory
  • Not allowed to take aspirin
  • Able to eat regular food after two weeks of surgery
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