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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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Patients often come to Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center for a procedure that can literally change, and in some cases, save their lives. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery performed at the surgical facilities of our Chicago-area practice is clinically proven to be both safe and effective. In fact, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass operation is the most commonly performed type of bariatric surgery.

The Roux-en-Y Procedure

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery entails creating a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake and bypassing a portion of the small intestine to limit the absorption of calories. During the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, a small pouch is created by dividing the stomach to restrict food intake. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine) and a portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This causes reduced caloric and nutrient absorption. After the procedure, patients must take vitamin supplements and pay careful attention to diet to ensure that nutritional needs are met.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery

As laparoscopic surgery experts, the surgeons at Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center prefer to perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery using minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Although gastric bypass surgery performed laparoscopically is technically demanding, it can provide a patient with a swifter post-surgical recovery, as well as lower the risk of surgical complications. Laparoscopic surgical techniques can be used in most bariatric procedures but are not appropriate for all gastric bypass surgery patients. Contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center to find out if you are a good candidate for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery.

The Benefits of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

While the Roux-en-Y procedure is not without risks, it provides many benefits to patients who choose to undergo gastric bypass surgery. Obesity surgery operations that restrict food intake and limit the absorption of calories produce more weight loss than bariatric procedures that only decrease food intake. Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery generally lose two-thirds of their excess weight within two years. For patients interested in more gradual weight loss with a less invasive surgical procedure LAP-BAND® System surgery provides an excellent option.

Gastric Bypass Surgery – A Long-Term Commitment and Solution

The decision to undergo obesity surgery is not one to be taken lightly. After undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, you will have to commit to making the permanent dietary changes that will keep you healthy and free of surgical complications. The good news is that the surgery makes it easier to do this. Patients who undergo the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure consistently report a decrease in the frequency and intensity of their cravings for foods high in sugar and fat. If you have tried other means of weight loss with no success, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery may be the weight loss solution for you. Many post-obesity surgery patients tell us that this procedure has profoundly improved their happiness and has given them back their lives.

Contact Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center for Obesity Surgery

At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, we believe it is crucial that all patients wishing to undergo obesity surgery make a fully informed decision. The Roux-en-Y procedure represents both a gateway and a serious commitment to a new, healthy you. For more information on the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, or to discuss other weight loss procedures including gastric sleeve surgery, contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation. Our surgeons will answer all of your questions with candor and compassion.