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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Considered the "gold standard" of modern obesity surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the National Institutes of Health, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the United States. This procedure is proven to have the best weight loss results with an average weight loss of over 80 percent of excess body weight one year after surgery.

In this procedure, gastric or stomach stapling creates a small thumb-sized stomach pouch. The remainder of the stomach is not removed, but is completely divided from the stomach pouch. The small intestine is divided about 18 inches below the stomach, and is rearranged to provide an outlet to the small stomach, while maintaining the flow of digestive juices at the same time.

Food enters the second part of the small bowel within about 10 minutes of beginning the meal. There is very little interference with normal absorption of food. The operation works by reducing food intake and reducing the feeling of hunger. The result is a very early sense of fullness, followed by a very profound sense of satisfaction.

"It's a rewarding operation for us to do and it's an exceptional group of patients to work with," says Karen Hillenmeyer, PA-C, program director. "The results are excellent, over 80 percent of these co-morbidities, such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea will be cured."

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