Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is performed using key-hole surgery. The procedure is performed in patients who have had previous weight loss surgery – e.g. sleeve gastrectomy or gastric banding, and in patients as a primary (first-time) procedure.
A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass involves turning the stomach into a narrow tube and joining the small bowel to this portion of the stomach. Another join between two pieces of small bowel is performed further along the bowel to prevent a problem called bile reflux.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is often performed in patients who have previously had weight loss surgery and may be the preferred operation in patients with poorly controlled reflux.
Patients lose approximately 70% of their excess weight. Complications include a leak at the staple line or anastomosis (where bowel is joined to each other), bleeding and internal hernia.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to wait for surgery?
We can typically see you within one week of your referral, and at your initial consultation we can typically schedule surgery for within about one month. Please let us know about your personal circumstances, e.g. work commitments, and we will always try to plan surgery at a time that suits you. Read more: The Process Before & After Weight Loss Surgery
Is weight loss surgery safe?
Weight loss surgery, known as bariatric surgery, is generally regarded as safe surgery, in appropriately selected patients. Risks are lower than the longer-term risk of dying from heart disease, diabetes and other consequences of carrying more weight than a person’s organs can tolerate. Read our article: Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?
What about smoking and surgery?
Smoking at the time of any surgery increases complications and risks. This is a well documented fact.
Current smoking status, and even the time since quitting, are factors we take into consideration when planning bariatric surgery. At Sea Change Weight Loss Clinic, our doctors share the firm view that active smoking is a relative contraindication to surgery, and therefore we advise all patients to stop prior to an operation.
Smoking status also affects which surgical procedure we recommend to our patients in many circumstances.
Can I have surgery in a public hospital?
Our surgeons perform general surgery in public hospitals. Currently, in Newcastle, weight loss surgery is only offered in private hospitals. Patients without private health insurance can still pursue weight loss surgery and can discuss their options with the practice. Our practice also supports the use of superannuation to help fund weight loss surgery.
How much does weight loss surgery cost?
See here: Pricing.