Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery works by reducing the amount of food your stomach can hold and by limiting the number of calories your body can absorb. The Surgical Weight Loss Program at St. Francis— located in Greenville, SC and convenient to Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate, South Carolina region —offers Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. The procedure is usually performed using a laparoscopic technique. Your bariatric surgeon will help determine if the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery option is right for you.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
During normal digestion, food passes through the stomach and enters the small intestine, where most of the nutrients and calories are absorbed. It then passes into the large intestine, and the remaining waste is eventually excreted. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure alters this process by bypassing a section of your small intestine.
There are two basic steps to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. The first step makes your stomach smaller. By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a gastric bypass limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. The surgeon divides the stomach into a small upper section and a larger bottom section using staples that are similar to stitches. The top section of the stomach (called the pouch) will hold your food.
After the stomach has been divided, the surgeon connects a section of the small intestine to the pouch. When eating, the food now travels from the pouch through this new connection, bypassing the lower part of the stomach. The surgeon then reconnects the base with the rest of the small intestines from the bottom of the stomach, forming a y-shape. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, it also causes your body to absorb fewer calories.
As you eat less food, and absorb fewer calories, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.
Attend a Free Seminar in Greenville, SC
Visit St. Francis to attend a free orientation seminar and learn more about Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Our center is in Greenville, SC and is conveniently located near Spartanburg, Anderson, and areas throughout the Upstate.