Gastric Bypass (RYGB) Performed by Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker
The surgery is done Laparoscopically
- There are 5 tiny little cuts on the abdomen and we insert trocars through these cuts.
- After that, once we go inside, we can see over, stomach, the food pipe, the large intestine and the small intestine below.
- We create a small pouch of the stomach using staplers and then break a little part of intestine from below and attach it to the stomach pouch.
- When the food comes in, it comes in through this pouch and goes directly into the intestines and later the other part of the intestines, which has been disconnected, is reconnected to the other part of intestine much lower down.
- Now, the food will come into the food pipe, it comes into this small pouch of the stomach and goes directly into the small intestines.
- This part of the stomach, remains inside, and it keeps doing its job of secreting gastric acid and it mixes with the bile and pancreatic juices and comes and mixes much lower down with the food.
Gastric bypass is a very safe surgery. It’s been around for about 50 years now. It has very good results for weight loss and most patients lose about 70-80% of their excess weight. It also has great results with type 2 diabetes, there is a very significant improvement in patients who have type 2 diabetes, and most of the times, the number of drugs that they are taking is decreased considerably. It also leads to improvement of other co-morbidities like high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, obstructive sleep apnea, gout, etc.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker
Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgeon (View Profile)