Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
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Individuals who are severely overweight, and who haven’t found success with dieting and exercising, may benefit from gastric bypass surgery. In our Wildomar office, Dr. Francis Essien performs laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery as a long-term aid for weight loss.
What is Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?
Normally, when food begins to digest, it passes from the stomach, through the small intestine (where nutrients and calories are absorbed), and finally to the colon where waste is excreted. During laparoscopic Roux-en- Y gastric bypass surgery, a small portion of the stomach is sectioned off and used as a new stomach pouch. The small stomach is directly connected to the middle portion of the small intestine, which allows food to avoid passing through the rest of the stomach and the rest of the small intestine. This way, less nutrients and calories are absorbed, which is how weight is lost.
A laparoscopic procedure is performed by making small incisions to the targeted area and using a camera to guide the surgery.
Why Consider RYGB Surgery?
RYGB surgery is considered the "gold standard" of weight loss surgery and is the most commonly performed bypass surgery in the United States today. RYGB surgery has become the weight loss surgery of choice for many patients due to its superior weight loss results with minimal, yet controllable, side-effects. RYGB surgery provides excellent long-term weight reduction along with the resolution or elimination of other chronic diseases that may be present.
Gastric Bypass Surgery in Wildomar
Due to the fact that RYGB surgery is so restrictive in nature, patients are compelled to make a lifelong commitment to changing their diet. The size of the new stomach pouch will no longer allow the same eating habits to exist since the pouch has the capacity to hold only a few ounces of food at one time.
Making good food choices is a critical component to achieving success with RYGB surgery. An adequate amount of protein, as well as a strict implementation of vitamin supplements, is necessary due to the malabsorptive aspect of RYGB – meaning that, post-surgery, the body may have trouble absorbing key nutrients.
After RYGB surgery has been completed, Dr. Essien will schedule several follow-up appointments with patients to determine how the body is adjusting to the surgery. Patients usually experience a minimum of one week of downtime, but find that they feel normal after that period.
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Not only can RYGB surgery give you a stepping stone for weight loss, it can also decrease advancing chronic illnesses such as type two diabetes. Although dieting and exercising are still necessary after surgery, gastric bypass can be the tool you need to begin a healthy lifestyle.
For more information about laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastic bypass surgery, or to schedule a consultation, call Dr. Francis Essien in his Wildomar office today!
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