Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass—Open Surgery

Overview

Definition

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is surgery to decrease the structure and size of the stomach and attach it to a small part of the intestine.

Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Excess bleeding
  • Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Lasting nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and abdominal cramping
  • Breakdown of the staples, allowing leakage of stomach juices into the abdomen
  • Gallstones
  • Hernia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Heart attack

Things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Chronic diseases, such as diabetes

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

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Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Bariatric Surgery; Weight-Reduction Surgery)

RESOURCES

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery https://asmbs.org 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases https://www.niddk.nih.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

HealthLink BC https://www.healthlinkbc.ca 

Weight Loss Surgery https://weightlosssurgery.ca 

References

Bariatric surgery. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/nutritional-disorders/obesity-and-the-metabolic-syndrome/bariatric-surgery. Accessed September 28, 2021.

Bariatric surgery in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/procedure/bariatric-surgery-in-adults. Accessed September 28, 2021.

Gastrict bypass surgery. Columbia University Medical Center website. Available at: http://columbiasurgery.org/conditions-and-treatments/gastric-bypass-surgery. Accessed September 28, 2021.

Obesity surgery. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17285-obesity-surgery/roux-en-y-gastric-bypass. Accessed September 28, 2021.

Risks of gastric bypass surgery: anastomotic leaking. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/risks-of-gastric-bypass-surgery-anastomotic-leaking. Accessed September 28, 2021.

Weight-loss (bariatric) surgery. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/bariatric-surgery. Accessed September 28, 2021.