Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a combination procedure that uses both restrictive (limiting the size of the stomach) and malabsorptive (limiting the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed) elements.
If your Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure is done laparoscopically, five small holes are created in your abdomen that allow the surgeon to pass a light, camera and surgical instruments into the abdomen. The abdomen is inflated with gas (carbon dioxide) to allow the surgeon a better view. Then the surgeon uses surgical instruments about the width of a pencil to bypass a portion of the stomach and leaves a small pouch to hold about ¼ cup of solid food or about 2 ounces of fluid. A connection is then made directly into the small intestine where digestion begins.
After your Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass surgery, you will have a two- to four-day hospital stay and a three- to four-week recovery period at home.