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Gastric Bypass Surgery

It’s a fact: the most frequently conducted weight-loss surgical procedure in America today is known as “Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery.”

Why? It’s simple. According to both the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Roux-en-Y is currently considered to be the “gold standard” for weight-loss surgery – because of the way it offers patients a high average rate of weight-loss success and a low average risk of complications.

Another reason for the popularity of the procedure is its double-barreled approach to controlling the intake and absorption of nutrients. Roux-en-Y is both “restrictive” (meaning that it restricts food intake) and “malabsorptive” (meaning that it reduces the body’s absorption of nutrients from that food).

About the Roux-en-Y Procedure

This gastric bypass procedure begins with a step in which the stomach is divided – an outcome that creates a pouch about the size of a medicine cup. The “restrictive” strategy greatly reduces the amount of food that can be stored at any one time, since feelings of “fullness” begin once the small pouch is filled during eating.During this first step, the rest of the stomach is left intact, however, so that the risk of infection from invasive trauma remains low.

Next comes the “malabsorptive” part of the procedure, which is designed to reduce the intestines’ ability to absorb nutrients from digesting food. Here the small bowel is divided at a point about four inches from where it begins. Next, the divided portion of the bowel is connected to the “pouch” area of the now-restricted stomach. This section is then sutured back into place, but farther down the bowel. (In medical parlance, this artificially created digestive zone is now known as the “Roux limb.”)

After these steps have been completed in gastric bypass, newly ingested food can move directly to the “common channel,” where food and digestive enzymes mingle so that nutrients and calories can be absorbed.

The bottom line: once the Roux-en-Y procedure has been completed, patients who receive it will be relying on less than half of their small intestine in order to absorb nutrients from the food they take in. The good news for those patients, of course, is that most will now experience significantly diminished “food cravings” – even as they begin to rapidly lose weight.

For more information on gastric bypass performed at Your New Self, Detroit Medical Center, register for a free seminar or call us at 1-877-DMC-W8W8.

About your new self at Detroit Center in Michigan

Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

Patients interested in weight loss surgery should sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about their surgical options and get started today.