Am I A Candidate for RNY Surgery?

Am I A Candidate for RNY Surgery?

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When traditional weight loss techniques have run their course and the weight still isn’t coming off, weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, can be an effective long-term solution for weight loss. It can even help with weight-related health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes. When considering bariatric surgeries, it’s important to discuss your options with a bariatric surgeon to see which would be the best option for your individual needs. While there are many types of bariatric surgeries, one of the most beneficial is Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery.

What is Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Surgery?

Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery is a procedure that reduces the size of your stomach and changes how food moves through your digestive system. It can help you lose weight more quickly than traditional types of bariatric surgery.

RNY surgery creates a small pouch from the stomach and connects it directly to the small intestine. After the surgery, food that has been swallowed will enter this small pouch of the stomach and then move directly to the small intestine, bypassing most of your stomach and the first section of the small intestine.

Gastric bypass is one of the most common types of bariatric surgery performed and is done to help you lose excess weight to reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems.

What are the qualifications for Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Surgery?

To qualify for gastric bypass Roux-en-Y surgery, you must be at least 100 pounds overweight. Other qualifications include:

  • Having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Having a BMI of 35 or higher, but suffering from obesity-related issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea
  • Being supervised for six months of unsuccessful weight-loss attempts

Gastric bypass isn’t for everyone who struggles with morbid obesity. There will most likely be a screening to see if you qualify and you may need to meet certain medical guidelines. You will also most likely have to prove that you are willing to make permanent changes leading to a healthier lifestyle. Participation in long-term plans that include nutrition, lifestyle, behavior and medical monitoring may be required after your surgery.

Benefits of Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y Surgery

Gastric bypass can provide long-term weight loss. It’s possible to lose about 70% of your excess weight within two years with a change in lifestyle habits. It may also resolve medical conditions related to being overweight, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and high cholesterol. Other benefits can include:

  • Long-term remission for type 2 diabetes
  • Relief of depression and better self-esteem
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Improved fertility during childbearing years
  • Joint pain relief
  • Relief of other medical conditions such as metabolic syndrome, pregnancy complications and gallbladder disease

The best facilities have a team of experts to help guide you through your weight loss journey. Advanced Laparoscopic Associates is here for you every step of the way with the tools and support you need to make permanent weight loss changes. If you are considering weight-loss surgery, the best way to see if Gastric Bypass Roux-en-Y surgery is right for you is to attend a free virtual seminar at ALA. Contact us today to get signed up.