Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y is the procedure that most of us in Texas know as gastric bypass surgery. It involves restricting the size of the stomach, as well as bypassing part of the intestine. This means that you:

  • Eat less
  • Feel full sooner
  • Absorb fewer calories from the food you eat

This combination of factors can result in significant weight loss, and resolution of many of the health problems related to obesity. Most gastric bypass patients lose about 45 to 80% of their excess weight within 2 years of surgery.

If you would like to learn more your weight loss surgery options, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

About the Procedure

When we perform gastric bypass surgery in Southeast Texas, the upper portion of the stomach is stapled, creating a small pouch. This restricts the amount of food that can be eaten, and allows you to feel full more quickly. The new, smaller stomach is then connected to the middle portion of the small intestine, bypassing the upper portion and shortening the length of the digestive tract by about 15 to 20%. This decreases the absorption of calories and fat from the food that is eaten, and enhances weight loss results.

At Valley Surgical, we offer laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in Texas, which requires only very small incisions for our camera-guided instruments. In some cases, such as revision surgeries, the procedure may require a larger abdominal incision, which we call an open surgery. In either case, gastric bypass surgery is an inpatient procedure, requiring a short hospital stay. Many insurance companies will pay for all or part of the fees associated with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Who Is a Candidate?

The requirements for gastric bypass surgery are the same as for all other bariatric procedures. Patients with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 qualify, while those with a BMI of 35 to 39 must have associated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, reflux or depression. Most insurance companies also require some proof that other attempts at weight loss have been unsuccessful.

If you would like to learn more your weight loss surgery options, click here to request a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can call Valley Surgical at (956) 630-4161 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.