Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Gastric bypass (also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass), in which a small sac is created from the stomach and connected directly to the intestine, is used for weight loss. After gastric bypass, the swallowed food passes first through the small sac and enters directly into the intestine. Thus, a big part of the stomach and intestine is bypassed during digestion.
Gastric bypass is one of the most common of weight-loss surgeries. If diet and exercise are not useful enough or the patient has severe health problems due to overweight, gastric bypass can be implemented.
Why is gastric bypass done?
Gastric bypass is done to lose excessive weight and decrease the potentially life-threatening risks related to overweight. The health problems are as follows:
1. Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
2. Heart Diseases
4. High Cholesterol Levels
5. Obstructive Sleep Apnea
6. Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Who is Suitable for Gastric Bypass?
Gastric Bypass is usually indicated in patients, who have a BMI>40, have BMI between 35-39.9 and an obesity-related serious co-morbidities like hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus or severe sleep apnea.
However, gastric bypass is not suitable for every severely obese person. You have to fulfill certain criteria in order to undergo weight-loss surgery. Before surgery, several tests may be done to determine whether the patient is suitable for gastric bypass or not.
In addition, you should be disposed to make long-lasting changes in your life to adopt a healthy lifestyle.