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Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery. Staples are used to make a small stomach pouch that is separate from the rest of your stomach. The new stomach pouch is connected to the middle part of the small intestine. Food will bypass (go around) the rest of the stomach and move directly into the small intestine. The surgery makes your stomach permanently smaller so that you feel full sooner and cannot eat as much during meals. Your body will not absorb as many calories from food because part of your stomach and intestines are bypassed.

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What do I need to know before I have a roux-en-Y gastric bypass?

How do I prepare for surgery?

What will happen during surgery?

What will happen after surgery?

What are the risks of roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your spleen or other organs may be injured during surgery. You may have abdominal pain, heartburn, or a stomach ulcer. You may develop a life-threatening blood clot. The staples inside your stomach could break down. The new connections to your stomach and intestines could form scars, narrow areas, or leaks. Stomach juices may leak into your abdomen and you may need emergency surgery. You may develop gallstones or an incisional hernia (a weak area near your incision). You may need a larger incision than expected during laparoscopic surgery. After surgery, you may not lose any weight. You may lose weight and then gain it back.

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