Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass FAQs: Candidates, Techniques, Risks, and More

Published: 30th April 2010
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While there are many options for weight loss surgery, Roux-en-Y is the most popular form of gastric bypass. The decision to have this surgery should not be taken lightly. Below are some frequently asked questions about the procedure.

Q: Who is a good candidate for Roux-en-Y surgery?

A: The ideal candidate will need to, by medical definition, be obese. The individual should have tried to lose the weight by other means and should be in reasonably good health. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate a desire and ability to follow all of the doctor's orders following the surgery.

Q: Can this surgery be done laparoscopically?

A: While this was not the case for many years, the Roux-en-Y surgery can now be performed with a laparoscope. However, this is not true for all patients. Some who desire the surgery will still need to have it performed in the traditional way which will, of course, result in more scarring and a longer recovery time.

Q: What are the risks of Roux-en-Y surgery?

A: Even though this is a commonly performed surgery, it is still surgery. That means that there are many possible risks such as problems with anesthesia and infection following surgery. Also, some patients have trouble with absorbing nutrients following the surgery. You will need to take daily vitamins in order to prevent complications from lack of nutrients.

Q: Will I have to make lifestyle changes following the surgery?

A: This may be one of the most misunderstood aspects of having Roux-en-Y surgery. Some view it as an alternative to eating a healthy diet and exercising. In fact, after surgery, you must follow a healthy diet and implement an exercise plan. The surgery is not meant to replace healthy choices, so those having the surgery are still going to have to make healthy choices for the rest of their lives.

Q: Is it true that I may need cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin a few years after having the surgery?

A: While each patient is different, there is a good possibility that you would benefit from cosmetic surgery to remove loose skin following the Roux-en-Y surgery. The reason is that the weight loss is often so rapid that the skin cannot keep up, resulting in loose skin.

Roux-en-Y surgery is not the answer for everyone. If you're still interested, make an appointment with your doctor to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery.

Have diets and exercise programs failed you? Are you ready to take the next step? Speak with skilled bariatric surgeons to learn about weight loss surgery options such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

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