Also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), the procedure is a popular and proven weight loss surgery procedure. Our gastric bypass surgeons in Phoenix, Tucson, and other locations in Arizona are some of the best in the Southwest, and have been performing the procedure for years.
We prefer a personalized approach to bariatric surgery at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona. We help patients choose the right procedure for them based on their goals, physical concerns and lifestyle factors, all of which are considered when deciding the right course of action. However, for many patients, gastric bypass surgery at our Tucson and Phoenix area locations is the tried-and-true choice for permanent weight loss.
The Facts About Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery has two components that make rapid weight loss possible: the restrictive component and the malabsorptive component.
- Restrictive – Your surgeon creates a stomach pouch to reduce the available stomach volume to approximately two ounces, limiting the amount of food that can be eaten in a single sitting.
- Malabsorptive – The stomach pouch is connected to the small intestine at a lower point, bypassing a part of the small intestine that digests fats. As a result, fewer calories are absorbed from the food and taken into the body.
The average expected weight loss with a gastric bypass operation is between 60% and 80% of excess body weight¹. Patients can expect to lose about 50% of their excess weight in the first year after surgery.
Most importantly, obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, gastric reflux and sleep apnea often go into remission, with some patients finding that they can stop some of their medications entirely.
Gastric Bypass Surgery Options
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass surgery in Arizona can be performed laparoscopically for most patients. This technique allows for the procedure to be performed through small incisions through which small, long-handled instruments are guided by a tiny camera. Laparoscopic surgery helps reduce the risk of complications, lower recovery time, and reduce potential for infection.
Open Surgery: An Alternative
Gastric bypass was originally performed as an open surgery before laparoscopic techniques were introduced. Not all patients qualify for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. You may require open surgery if you have:
- Previous abdominal surgery
- Complicating medical issues
- Very high BMI
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