Although the sleeve gastrectomy has surpassed the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass as the most popular weight loss procedure, it is still considered an excellent and appropriate intervention in well-selected patients. During a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, your surgeon:
- Makes a small stomach – about the size of an egg – by dividing the top of the stomach from the rest of the stomach.
- Then, the small intestine is divided, and the bottom end of the divided small intestine is brought up and connected to the newly created small stomach.
- In the end, the top portion of the divided small intestine is connected to the small intestine further down so that the stomach acids and digestive enzymes will eventually mix with the food.
Introduction to Gastric Bypass Surgery
Before & After Photos
Benefits of Gastric Bypass or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery in Houston advantages include:
- Short-term weight loss (70 to 80 percent excess weight loss)
- Long-term results – The data show that up to 10 years after surgery, most patients maintain more than 50 percent of their excess weight loss.
- Excellent resolution of obesity-related health problems which include hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea, and acid reflux.
The long-term complication rate is slightly higher than sleeve gastrectomy. Complications can be avoided with proper care, however.
- Patients are not allowed to take aspirin or other NSAIDs after surgery.
- All patients need to take vitamins for life after surgery. If they don’t, it could lead to long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies, particularly deficits in vitamin B12, iron, calcium, and folate.
Gastric Bypass at Texas Endosurgery Houston
Dr. Bonnor performs the Roux-en-Y technique for gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically, which means a shorter hospital stay, recovery time and less pain and scarring for you. Dr. Bonnor has a well-established reputation for great outcomes, skill, and expertise. Dr. Bonnor is a double board certified surgeon who has acquired extensive expertise in the surgical treatment of obesity. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.
What Can I Expect After Gastric Bypass Surgery?
For the first month, you will only be able to handle small amounts of soft food and liquids. But gradually, you will be able to add solid foods back into your diet. You will notice feeling full very quickly – after eating about two tablespoons of food. Your physician may also recommend that you take nutritional supplements. Within the first two years, you can expect to lose one-half to two-thirds of your excess body weight. Weight loss will continue, in most cases, for a year and a half before stabilizing.
Post-Bariatric Surgery Weight loss Plastic Surgery Houston
Patients who have undergone extreme weight loss surgery are often left with excess skin. The areas typically affected include the abdomen, thighs, breasts, arms, face, and neck. The treatment of these problems requires not only safe and effective surgical techniques, but a good plan that will optimize patient safety, outcome, and expense. Dr. Bonnor is a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon having experience in the surgical treatment of excess skin after weight loss surgery, which enables him to create a comprehensive and individualized surgical plan. Customized surgical plans may combine procedures and involve several stages to help his patients achieve their goals.
*Weight loss results can vary depending on the individual. There is no guarantee of specific results.*