Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

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What is a Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass?

In roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Dr. Ben-Meir separates the stomach into two distinct spaces or compartments. The part of the stomach that food and liquid enter is called the gastric pouch and is approximately ½ inch wide and 1/5 inches long. The remainder of the stomach is bypassed. Dr. Ben-Meir then creates a ‘Y’ out of the small intestine to allow food to empty out of the stomach pouch and stomach juice to empty out of the bypassed stomach. The operation is performed laparoscopically through five ¼ to ½ inch incisions.

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

What are the steps of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

  1. Dr. Ben-Meir begins by dividing the stomach into a small upper pouch and a large bypassed stomach.
  2. Your small intestine is divided, and the “Roux Loop” is connected to the small stomach pouch.
  3. The two parts of the intestine are connected creating a ‘Y’ allowing for digestion and absorption of nutrients.

What are the risks of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

Every surgery has possible risks and complications. Potential risks with a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery include:

  • Leaks
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Leg clots
  • Bleeding
  • Ulcers

What are the benefits of a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery?

Weight loss surgery can improve or resolve many health issues. Patients also experience what our office calls Non-scale Victories, or NSVs.

Weight loss surgery is a courageous decision to help you get control of your medical problems and your weight by helping you with your feelings of hunger and allowing you to feel full quickly. Take the first step and learn more about your options with our free, on-demand webinar: 

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How much does weight loss surgery cost?

Dr. Aviv Ben-Meir and his staff at the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center in Northeast Ohio are frequently asked this question. If you have health insurance coverage, our staff can help determine a range of what, if any, your cost will be based on your insurance plan’s deductible and out-of-pocket expenses. If you don’t have health insurance, or if your plan doesn’t cover bariatric surgery, the Lake Health Bariatric Surgery Center does have a self-pay option. Learn more about the cost of weight loss surgery.