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Roux-en-y Bypass

Services > Weight Loss Surgery > Roux-en-y Bypass

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most frequently performed weight loss procedure in the U.S. Many patients have found terrific weight loss success with this gastric bypass procedure. 

Who’s it for?

Potential candidates for gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Obese patients who are 75 pounds overweight or more with significant obesity-related health conditions (e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.)
  • Obese patients who are 100 pounds overweight or more without comorbidities. 

How is a Roux-en-Y bypass performed?

The gastric bypass procedure can be performed laparoscopically with just a few small incisions – as opposed to a single large incision (“open” surgery). During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the stomach just a little ways down from the base of the esophagus, creating a new stomach pouch that holds about two ounces of food. The smaller stomach is about the size of a large egg. Next, the surgeon divides the jejunum (part of the small intestine) and attaches it in two places: the gastric pouch and the small intestine. This allows some food to bypass the normal digestion process, which reduces overall caloric intake and helps the patient lose weight. 

What are the benefits of this procedure?  

  • Sustained weight loss with limited dietary compliance.
  • Most patients experience more weight loss with this procedure than LAP-BAND®.
  • Less long-term maintenance than gastric banding (e.g. no adjustments or band fills necessary).
  • Because the surgery does not involve a foreign device, there is no risk of band slippage.
  • Roux-en-Y is a combination procedure with both restrictive and malabsorptive effects.
  • The procedure can be reversed. 

How do I prepare? 

Your support team at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah will help you prepare for Roux-en-Y bypass. During your consultation, your dietician will provide you with pre-op and post-op dietary guidelines.

What results can I expect? 

  • Average excess weight loss of 67% one year after surgery.
  • Average excess weight loss of 58% five years after surgery.
  • Short-term postsurgical mortality rate of 0.50%.
  • Reported early complications are as high as 25.5%

Please keep in mind that no results are guaranteed. Some patients may experience more or less weight loss than average. For best results, follow the dietary and exercise guidelines provided by your team at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah. 

What are the risks and drawbacks?

Risks of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass include hernia, gallstones, kidney stones, vomiting, marginal ulcer, dumping syndrome, gastric leaks, bowel obstruction, revision surgery, and iron, vitamin B12, folic acid, and calcium deficiencies.

Why choose the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah?

Both Dr. Cottam and Dr. Richards of Bariatric Medicine Institute are BLIS approved surgeons. BLIS is a highly selective group that elite bariatric surgeons may join in order to support their patients. If you are paying for your own procedure and have a BLIS approved surgeon, then you can have peace of mind knowing that any short-term post-surgical complications will be completely covered by BLIS. In the rare event that your bariatric surgery causes serious complications, BLIS will cover the costs associated with the complications. This is a huge – and rare – added benefit.

Furthermore, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center (where surgeries are performed) features state-of-the-art operating suites and comfortable recovery facilities. Patients feel welcomed and taken care of by the hospital staff and nurses.

To learn more about the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure and your weight loss options, register for a free online weight loss seminar. Upon registration, you’ll be eligible for a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon at the Surgical Weight Loss Center of Utah.