The gastric bypass is the ‘oldest’ type of surgery amongst all weight loss surgery procedures.
A gastric bypass involves creating an average of 15-20 ml pouch while also bypassing an estimate of 50-150 cm of the small intestine creating an intestinal bypass.
The first gastric bypass procedure was done by dr. Cesar Roux. That’s why it’s called the Roux-en-y gastric bypass (RYGB). With the ‘Y’ referring to the shape of the anastomosis.
Characteristics of the gastric bypass
- Laparascopic procedure with usually 5-6 incisions (varies across surgical centers)
- Takes about 1.5-2 hours to complete
- Involves both reducing the size of the stomach and rerouting the small intestine
- You have to take vitamins every day, for the rest of your life
- You have to change your lifestyle and eating habits to make your bypass work for you
How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Is gastric bypass surgery painful?
Can I eat and drink everything after a gastric bypass?
Generally you will slowly introduce new foods and textures through 5 stages during 5 weeks.
- Stage 1: clear liquids
- Stage 2: full liquids
- Stage 3: soft-pureed foods
- Stage 4: soft foods
- Stage 5: slowly introducing ‘normal’ foods
Keep in mind that everyone will experience this differently. It may take longer to get to stage 5 depending on how you feel – and if any complications occur.
How much weight will I lose?
Benefits of the gastric bypass
- May lead to more excess weight loss over the course of the first few years
- May reduce appetite due to changes in gut hormones
- More studies available compared to the gastric sleeve
Disadvantages of the Gastric Bypass
- Increased risk of dumping syndrome
- Increased risk of digestive issues
- Increased risk of malabsorption and nutrient deficiencies
- Increased risk of bowel obstruction
Always follow your doctors guidelines and recommendations
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