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Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Open Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

Open Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass is a combination procedure that uses both restrictive (limiting the size of the stomach) and malabsorptive (limiting the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed) elements.

Open Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery requires the construction of a small pouch that holds about 1/4 cup of solid food, or about 2 ounces of beverage or other fluid. The small pouch is constructed with four rows of staples. A connection is then made directly into the small intestine where digestion begins. This surgery is done through an abdominal incision between your navel and rib cage. The surgeon will perform the surgery through this incision and close the incision with internal stitches. Staples will be used on the outside of the incision and will be removed about one week later at the time of your first post-operative visit.