Gastric bypass surgery, also called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a type of weight loss surgery that involves forming a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the newly formed pouch directly to the small intestines. Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery is the most common bariatric surgery in the world. In this procedure, both the stomach volume is reduced and the absorption is limited. It reduces the amount of foods that are eaten, but also ensures that some of the nutrients consumed are removed without being absorbed. The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass allows patients especially those who desire to get rid of the weight-related health problems to lose their stubborn excess weight in a very short time.
Gastric bypass surgery is recommended for patients suffering from obesity or morbid obesity. As a rule of thumb, patients with a BMI (body mass index) over 40 are considered morbidly obese. Individuals who still struggle to lose weight although they tried all other weight loss methods, such as diet and exercise are also good candidates for the gastric bypass surgery.
Patients suffering from the following can also benefit from gastric bypass surgery:
● Type 2 diabetes
● Insulin resistance
● Sleep apnea
● Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
● Other comorbid conditions associated with a high body mass index
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