In this procedure, the surgeon divides the patients stomach into two parts.
A small stomach pouch, which is taken from the greater curvature of the stomach and its reshaped into a small stomach pouch, will serve as the new mini stomach; it will only hold 4 to 6oz of food and the larger part of the stomach will remain alive and inside your body just as in the mini gastric bypass procedure.
The top end of the middle part of the intestine (the jejunum) is pulled up and connected to the gastric pouch created. The duodenum (initial part of the intestine) is cut at about 45 cm or 18 inches down from the end of the stomach to eventually be rerouted into the lower part of the jejunum.
The new digestive configuration has a shape of a Y hence the name of the procedure. This allows food to pass directly into the small intestine where digestion continues. This new passageway decreases the absorption of calories and nutrients therefore malabsorption can occur leading to the weight loss needed.
The bile and pancreatic fluids from the liver and pancreas continue to function allowing food to be completely digested.
It is important to keep in mind that Bypass patients require special treatment to prevent malnutrition; The proper follow-up, dietary guideline and intake of the right supplements will make this procedure an excellent option for long-term weight loss success.
The main features of this procedure are:
- GOLD STANDARD surgery
- Greater weight reduction
- Long-term sustainable weight-loss
- Improves health of patients with comorbidities
- Best option for GERD (Gastro-esophageal reflux disease)
- 2 night stay at hospital
Surgical time: 3 to 4 hours