Roux-en-Y Gastric bypass

Illustration of a roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

On April 24, 2014 I’ve had my Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery. This is a type of bariatric surgery that will reduce the size of my stomach to a small gastric pouch, about the size of an egg. Because of that I will only be able to eat small meals in the future. I hope it will help me reach my goal weight.

The procedure
During the gastric bypass surgery the surgeon will staple off a section of the stomach. He will attach the gastric pouch directly to the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. Because of this gastric bypass my body will not be able to absorb as much fat, sugar and calories from food as it could before the surgery.
The surgery will be performed laporascopic, using a lighted tube with a tiny camera, called a laporascope. It means I will end up having several small cuts instead of one large cut.

More information
On the internet you can find a ton of information about the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. I found this website quite helpful and I have used it to write this page. My Dutch friends can also check the online brochure of the Nederlandse Obesitas Kliniek.

 

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