Gastric Bypass

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is regarded as the modern “gold standard” of bariatric surgeries. This procedure tends to cause more weight loss compared to a sleeve gastrectomy or lap band. Also, decades of research show that it has a higher likelihood of helping to keep the weight off long term.

To perform this surgery, surgical staples are used to separate a small piece of the upper stomach. This small stomach pouch – about the size of an egg – is then attached to a piece of the intestine creating the “Roux” limb. Another intestinal connection is made farther down, completing a “Y” shape.

When you eat, food travels from the mouth, into the esophagus. Food then travels to the new stomach pouch (or down the “Roux” limb) bypassing the stomach. Then, in the Y limb, digestive enzymes from the liver, pancreas, and rest of the stomach, mix with the food.

This new path food takes through the digestive system bypasses most of the stomach and a part of the small intestine. The end effect is a person feels less hungry, more satisfied by smaller food portions, and less interested in high-calorie foods.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery improves patients’ lives by giving them confidence and health.

  • Quickly digests so less food and nutrients are absorbed into the body
  • The small pouch reduces the hunger significantly and less calories are absorbed
  • In Type 2 Diabetes, patient fasting and random blood sugar level are reduced
  • Thyroid levels are in normal range High Blood pressure is reduced
  • Patient can have peaceful sleep and there is no breathlessness
  • Patient becomes healthy

Megan’s Success Story will Inspire You

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is considered the gold standard of weight loss surgery available today. Surgeons at the Emerson Health Center for Weight Loss — David Lautz, MD, FACS, and Laura Doyon, MD, FACS — provide an overview of the gastric bypass procedure.

Megan talks about her weight loss surgery with Dr. Lautz and the team at Emerson Hospital. Megan attended a surgical weight loss information session to meet the staff and discover her options available before deciding to proceed with gastric bypass. Watch this video to hear Megan discuss her gastric bypass surgery. Hear how the procedure helped Megan reclaim her life and thrive.

Qualifying for Surgery

Qualifications for weight-loss surgery is based on national guidelines from the National Institute of Health and American College of Surgeons. To qualify, an individual must possess BMI and *PLUS weight-related comorbidity:

The First Step:
Information Session

The first step to achieving your weight-loss goals is to register for a free information session. Emerson Health’s bariatric surgeons and Center for Weight Loss team members provide an overview of the surgical weight loss program, including a description of the surgical weight loss procedure options available, how they work, and their risks and benefits.

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