The Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass
The Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y (RNY) Gastric Bypass, also called as the “Gastric Bypass” or “RNY” which is a popular weight-loss bariatric surgery and has gained wide acceptance over the past decade, especially after introducing laparoscopic versions for surgery. The RNY Gastric Bypass can achieve a weight loss of all ranges and does so reliably with a strong long-term safety record.
Therefore, it has remained one of the popular choices among bariatric surgeons and patients for weight loss. The Laparoscopic RNY has the potential of decreasing 70-75% of excess body weight, and this weight loss procedure is relatively well sustained.
The Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass surgery involves reducing the size of your stomach into a small pouch and then routes the food through a “Roux “limb of small bowel before it joins with the digestive secretions. The food you consume bypasses the entry into the rest of your stomach and the top part of your small intestine. This helps you to reduce the absorption of the amount of fat and calories from the foods you eat. It also decreases the absorption of vitamins and minerals from food. You’ll feel fuller after consuming just a few bites of food.
Studies say that most of the patients after surgery have reduced interest in sweets and finds themselves craving healthier foods. The Gastric Bypass is the most restrictive procedure, and the malabsorptive part helps to achieve more weight loss than restrictive operations alone. This Laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypass is the most common laparoscopic bariatric procedure in India.
The Gastric Bypass is suitable for any patients who are willing to lose moderate to a large amount of weight. You need to stay 2 to 3 nights in the hospital and be able to get back to your normal activities in a couple of weeks. Generally, the patients who underwent surgery by Dr. V. Pareek get back to work without any restrictions within weeks from having their Gastric Bypass surgery.
After RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery
After discharge from the hospital, you need to be in touch with doctors. Talk to your doctor about care you need to take, safe pain medication, and when to start physical activities. However, the doctor will address you about the end to end care and the precautions you need to follow.
If you experience any of the signs & symptoms mentioned below after surgery, reach out your doctor right away:
- Fluid leaks around the wound
- Breathing problems
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Pain in the abdomen, chest, shoulder, or legs
- Any other changes in your health condition
You need to consume only liquids after surgery for the first 1 to 2 weeks. Slowly the doctor will add some soft food in your regular diet about a month after surgery. You need to chew the food slowly and thoroughly, and should not drink water for 30 minutes before or after you eat.
Initially, weight-loss might happen quickly, so it’s very important to get the required nutrition and vitamins to recover. A bariatric surgeon might prescribe some vitamin and mineral supplements that your body may not absorb properly from food alone. To avoid nutritional problems after RNY surgery, doctors advise to take:
- Daily multivitamins
- Daily calcium supplements
- Vitamin B-12 supplements
- Oral vitamin D supplements
- Iron supplements
Some people may experience nutritional deficiencies after this surgery, so it is recommended to get your blood tested every 6 months at least, to ensure that you are receiving the right quantity of vitamins and minerals.
The doctors will make sure whether you are an ideal person for gastric bypass surgery. Bariatric surgery isn’t recommended for people who abuse drugs or alcohol, or who can’t commit for a permanent change in their diet and exercise habits.
How Do I Get Ready For RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Before surgery, it’s better to know more about bariatric surgery which will help you to prepare for surgery and can understand life after surgery. You will also have counselling over nutritional diet. And you may be tested for some psychological conditions. You will also need to undergo some physical exams and tests. Some other tests include blood tests, imaging studies of your stomach, or an upper endoscopy.
If you have a smoking habit, you should stop it several months before bariatric surgery. It’s better to lose some weight if possible before surgery. It will help in decreasing your liver size and makes the surgery safer. It would be best if you stop taking medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medication several days before the surgery. It would be best if you did not eat or drink after midnight before surgery.
Why It’s Done?
RNY Gastric bypass is primarily done to get rid of excess weight. On the other hand, it also helps you to reduce the risk of some life-threatening weight-related health conditions which include
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart diseases
- High BP
- High cholesterol
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Infertility problems
For more information, contact Dr. V. Pareek, one of the best bariatric surgeons in Hyderabad.