Gastric Bypass, also known as Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, is a widely studied surgery that is proven to be extremely effective for weight loss and treatment of obesity related medical conditions. In the past Gastric Bypass was performed as an open surgery using a long incision through the midsection. However, Dr. Snow is skilled in the latest surgical advancements and is able to perform this procedure using the laparoscopic technique. He uses a tiny camera and very small incisions to perform the entire surgery which results in less postoperative pain, fewer narcotics used, shorter hospital stay, and quicker return to activities of daily living.
About the Gastric Bypass
Gastric Bypass is both malabsorptive and restrictive, meaning that the procedure restricts the amount of food a person can intake and also limits the amount of calories that the body absorbs from food that is eaten. During a gastric bypass, a small upper stomach pouch is created that is separated from the lower portion of the stomach. The small intestine is then rerouted and a portion of it goes up to the newly made upper stomach pouch. After a gastric bypass, the food that is eaten goes down one limb of the Y connection and the digestive juices made by the stomach, liver, and pancreas, travel down the other limb of the Y connection. By the time the food is mixed with the digestive juices, the majority of the stomach and small intestine have been bypassed. This leaves very little time for the calories that were consumed to be absorbed.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass
- Has been shown to improve or cure gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) hypertension, and sleep apnea.*
- For patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Gastric Bypass improves the disease in 95% of cases, with 80% of patients seeing a complete remission.*
- Studies show that patients who have Gastric Bypass enjoy longer life expectancies than their counterparts who do not have bariatric surgery.*
What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
The average Gastric Bypass patient loses 70% of their excess body weight*. Many patients are able to reduce or discontinue prescription medications for obesity-related conditions. Your individual results will depend on your medical history and your ability to commit to a new lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and a healthy diet.
What to Expect After Surgery
The recovery time for Gastric Bypass varies, but most patients can expect to resume regular activities within two weeks. Patients will be prescribed dietary guidelines to follow in the weeks after surgery, and will be scheduled for follow up appointments. Dr. Snow and the team at St. Louis Bariatrics will be available to support you on your path to a healthier lifestyle.
Wondering if Gastric Bypass is Right for You?
If your past attempts at losing weight have been unsuccessful and you have a BMI over 40, or a BMI over 35 plus an obesity-related medical condition, then you may be a candidate for Gastric Bypass.
Where Do I Go From Here?
If you’re struggling with obesity and related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Dr. Jay Snow is an experienced and compassionate bariatric surgeon who has helped many patients start living the healthy, active life that they deserve. The first step is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Snow, who will walk you through your options and help you make the best decision for you.
*Results may vary