Surgical Options : Gastric Bypass

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y (pronounced ROO-en-why) gastric bypass surgery is the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. In this procedure, the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and then constructs a “bypass” of some of the small intestine. The smaller stomach pouch restricts the amount of food the patient can comfortably eat, and the bypass decreases the number of nutrients and calories absorbed.

Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses a combination of restriction and malabsorption. During the procedure, the surgeon creates a smaller stomach pouch. The surgeon then attaches a Y-shaped section of the small intestine directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a large portion of the small intestine, which absorbs calories and nutrients. Having the smaller stomach pouch causes patients to feel fuller sooner and eat less food; bypassing a portion of the small intestine means the patient’s body absorbs fewer calories.

Dr. de la Cruz-Munoz has performed 2000 lap gastric bypasses over the past 10 years. A level of experience obtained by a small percentage of surgeons nationwide. the average time for a surgery is under and hour. Dr. de la Cruz-Munoz has modified his technique over this time to make it as safe as possible; suturing areas not often strengthed at other programs. All while working to minimize the surgical trauma to the body. This has allowed the Surgical Weight Loss Institute to operate on patients who where deemed too sick at other centers. All the while, having the shortest length of stay for bypasses in the area. (85% of patients spend only 1 night in the hospital)