Roux en Y gastric bypass is a relatively new technique but has become the most popular weight loss surgery in Australia.
The Roux-en-Y technique, also known as the “Y” procedure, involves dividing the stomach into two sections: an upper section (called the pouch) and a lower section (the tube or conduit), then connecting them with a small passage or stoma. Food then bypasses much of the stomach allowing only partially digested food to be absorbed by your body. Not all of these foods are fully absorbed by your body so it’s important that you follow nutritional recommendations made by your surgeon and dietitian to ensure you get adequate nutrition for healthy living after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery.
The surgery drastically reduces the size of your stomach making it impossible to eat large quantities of food and you’ll find that you feel full much more quickly than before surgery. This slows down the rate at which food leaves your stomach allowing a feeling of fullness for several hours after eating, thus reducing snacking between meals.
In addition, because less food is digested by the body, you absorb fewer calories from what you eat so weight loss occurs automatically as a result. You will also no longer be able to eat foods high in fat or sugar as these are not well absorbed by your body so they tend to pass straight through without being processed.
Medically speaking, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery works by promoting weight loss through a combination of reduced food intake and increased nutrient absorption. Although it is not technically restrictive (in that food passes from the pouch to the tube), the similarities between Roux en-Y and other types of “stomach stapling” procedures remain strong – resulting in similar restriction and weight loss results.
A roux en Y gastric bypass procedure reduces your stomach’s capability for holding food, leaving you feeling fuller after eating less. This surgery also changes how your body absorbs calories and nutrients from what you eat, leading to significant weight loss