Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

The most common weight loss surgery performed in Virginia and across the United States is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). This popular bariatric technique combines restrictive and malabsorptive components. Advantages of this approach include a more profound weight loss, appetite reduction and a reduction or elimination of certain health conditions, such as Type II Diabetes.

In a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery, a pouch is created, leaving only a limited portion of the stomach functional. By creating this small stomach pouch, food intake is restricted. Following this initial procedure, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch to allow food to bypass the lower stomach, the duodenum (the first segment of the small intestine), and the first portion of the jejunum (the second segment of the small intestine). This reduces the amount of calories and nutrients the body absorbs. This popular form of surgery can be performed using an “open” surgical method or by utilizing less invasive laparoscopic techniques.

Laparoscopic surgery is a more innovative option and is referred to as minimally invasive surgery or MIS. In this method of weight loss surgery, small incisions are made and limited access techniques are used. The small incisions are used to insert surgical instruments and a telescope (laparoscope), which is connected to a small video camera. This telescopic system maintains an enhanced visual field and allows the operation to be viewed on a separate video monitor while the surgery is performed. The abdomen is also inflated using carbon dioxide to allow for a better internal view.

Because laparoscopic surgery is less invasive and creates smaller incisions in the body, health risks are lowered. Benefits of this approach include faster healing times, less scarring, less blood loss during surgery, reduced postoperative pain and fewer wound complications, including infection and hernias.

Along with offering health benefits, laparoscopic surgery requires a high level of skill to be performed properly and safely. This procedure is technically advanced and complex requiring surgeons to obtain extensive specialty training. Not all bariatric surgeons are qualified to perform this advanced surgery. When performed by an experienced specialist, laparoscopic surgery is a safe bariatric treatment option and offers definite advantages for patients.

Inova Bariatric has expertise in both open and laparoscopic surgical procedures. They works personally with their patients to determine the most beneficial option based on their individual needs, health and medical history. Many patients of Inova Bariatric have experienced remarkable weight loss surgery success stories, and are living slimmer, healthier lives.

If you would like more information on Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery, please contact Inova Bariatric today.