A full gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, is a highly effective and reliable weight loss procedure that works by modifying the digestive system. This is a tried-and-tested procedure that has now been performed in principle for over 50 years.
Weight-loss surgeries such as a gastric bypass procedure can help a person lose excess weight dramatically, lowering the risk for high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and certain heart problems. It can even reverse Type 2 diabetes.
To determine if Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is right for you we will book an in-depth consultation with you and examine your medical history. We’ll also take into consideration your weight loss and lifestyle needs.
The Roux en Y gastric bypass is a stronger metabolic procedure than the sleeve gastrectomy. It is performed for patients who have a BMI over 35 with comorbidities, or a BMI over 40. If patients have a higher BMI, poorly controlled Type 2 Diabetes or other poorly-controlled weight-related comorbidities, a Roux en Y gastric bypass can be a more effective procedure for these patients than sleeve gastrectomy.
A Roux en Y gastric bypass is the main preferred surgery for patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. However, this procedure does have a few additional risks that do not typically exist with a mini gastric bypass, such as GJ anastomosis stricture, kinked small bowel at the small-bowel anastomosis, JJ intussusception, internal hernia, and non-specific LUQ abdominal pain. However, a Roux en Y gastric bypass may be safer or simply more suitable for certain patients.
During your consultation, you will have a full discussion with Dr Wong so you can develop an in-depth understanding of the different procedures that may be suitable for you and the benefits of these procedures.
After surgery, most patients stay in hospital for just one or two nights. Pain is well controlled after this procedure. Most patients only need paracetamol or occasionally Endone. Pain in the upper left-hand side of the abdomen is common with this surgery.
Before surgery, your dietitian will have thoroughly explained your diet and activity plan so you understand exactly what to expect. Following your surgery, you will be on a liquid diet for approximately two weeks. During this time, the dietician will provide ongoing care and follow-up to guide you through your new and modified eating and activity plan. Eventually, you will be able to eat more solid foods.
During the initial recovery stages, many Roux-en-Y bypass patients will have gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhoea, abdominal distention and discomfort. These symptoms may or may not be linked to particular foods.
There may also be particular foods that feel heavy or uncomfortable to eat. Your portion sizes will be significantly reduced, with a meal being approximately the size of the palm of your hand. Sugary foods or too many carbohydrates may cause diarrhoea (dumping) or lowered blood sugars.
If you think a Roux-En-Y Gastric bypass surgery may be suitable for you, we will arrange a consultation and provide more information about the process.
Before committing to any of our procedures, our doctors always ensure our patients are informed about how the procedure works as well as after-surgery care. Dr Wong has performed this procedure countless times and has a low complication rate.
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