Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB)

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) is a type of weight loss surgery that involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and attaching it directly to the small intestine. This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which means that it is minimally invasive and involves making several small incisions in the abdomen.

During RYGB, the surgeon first divides the stomach into two sections, a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower pouch. The upper pouch is then connected to the small intestine, bypassing the lower pouch and the rest of the stomach. This rerouting of the digestive system restricts the amount of food that can be consumed and absorbed, leading to weight loss.

RYGB is typically recommended for individuals with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or for those with a BMI of 35 or higher who also have obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. However, it is important to note that RYGB is a major surgical procedure and should only be considered after other weight loss methods have been attempted without success.

Like any surgery, RYGB carries risks and potential complications, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, and anesthesia-related issues. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with a qualified healthcare provider before deciding whether RYGB is the right choice for you.

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