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Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Gastric bypass is the most commonly performed weight-loss operation in the United States and has a long and proven track record. It is particularly effective in diabetic patients and in patients with acid reflux. Gastric bypass limits the amount of food you can eat in a meal and decreases the amount of calories that are absorbed from food. Patient hunger is satisfied earlier, with smaller meals.
In this operation, a small pouch is created from the upper portion of the stomach and a portion of the small intestine is bypassed to decrease absorption. Patients can expect to lose at least 65-75% of their excess weight, with resolution or improvement of diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obstructive sleep apnea in a majority of patients.