Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

weight lossThe Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery can help patients who are committed to lifelong behavior modification, regain their health and enjoyment of living. While weight loss surgery is not a quick-fix, it is a life-changing event that can help provide a healthier, more active life.

A New Way Of Life
With Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, dramatic changes take place soon after surgery and last for a lifetime when accompanied by appropriate lifestyle changes. Patients generally lose 2/3 to 3/4 of their excess weight within 18 months. As patients start to lose weight, they also experience a reduction or elimination of obesity-related health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, urinary stress incontinence, severe acid reflux, and osteoarthritis. A healthier, more active life becomes possible.

Understanding Roux-en-Y
This surgical procedure involves partitioning the stomach into a small pouch, thereby reducing the stomach’s functional capacity to only a few ounces. As a result, patients are severely restricted in the amount of food that can be consumed at any one time. The procedure also bypasses part of the small bowel, so that calories and nutrients from foods eaten are not completely digested and absorbed. Vitamin and mineral supplements and a high protein intake will be required on a daily basis for life to prevent nutritional defciencies.

Weight Loss Expectations
Most patients lose up to ten pounds a month during the first year after surgery, and usually continue to lose weight at a lower rate after that point. Although most patients do regain some of their lost weight, very few regain it all. There is no guaranteed amount of weight loss, as weight control is the personal responsibility of the patient and depends greatly on how closely the recommended diet is followed.

Are you a candidate for gastric bypass surgery?
You may qualify for this procedure if you:

  • Are more than 100 pounds above ideal body weight; have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater; or a BMI of 35 or greater with two or more comorbidities (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, degenerative joint disease)
  • Have a history of unsuccessful weight loss management
  • Have a lifelong commitment to follow-up care and dietary, exercise, medical guidelines
  • Are psychologically able to handle lifestyle changes
  • Have caring support from friends and family

Performed By A Board Certified Surgeon
At Cooper Clinic, this procedure is performed by Darryl Eckes, MD, FACS.  Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Eckes is well trained and experienced in performing Gastric Bypass and other bariatric surgeries.
Insurance Benefits
Severe obesity significantly increases the likelihood of some life-threatening health conditions. Because those conditions will likely be improved or eliminated as significant weight is lost, many insurance companies provide coverage for gastric bypass surgery. As a service to our patients, we provide a complimentary check of your insurance benefits for bariatric surgery.  For those patients without insurance, financing may be arranged.

Free Educational Seminars
To learn more about Roux-en-Y and other bariatric procedures, we encourage you to attend one of our free educational seminars. The monthly seminars are held in the Hennessy Center, 1st floor, Mercy Hospital, 7301 Rogers Avenue. Click here to register.

Risks of Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Surgery
10-20% of patients who have weight loss operations require follow-up surgeries to correct complications. Abdominal hernias are the most common complication. More than one-third of gastric surgery patients develop gallstones. Nearly 30% of patients develop nutritional such as anemia, osteoporosis, and metabolic
bone disease. These can be avoided with the appropriate intake of vitamins and minerals. Women of
childbearing age should avoid pregnancy until their weight becomes stable, because rapid weight loss and nutritional may harm a developing fetus. Your surgeon can discuss these and other risks with you in more detail.

Patient Selection
This procedure is not designed to be a cosmetic solution. It is intended to reduce health consequences related to clinically severe obesity. Patients must understand the seriousness of the surgery and its risks, and be willing to make a lifelong commitment to exercise and a restricted diet. The procedure is not for everyone who is severely overweight. Careful patient selection is crucial. A psychological consultation and several appointments with your Cooper Clinic gastric bypass surgeon may be required before surgery can be scheduled.
Bariatric Coordinator
To speak with our Bariatric Coordinator, Traci Hayes, call (479) 274-3215 (800-333-1305, ext. 3215) or email her at Having undergone bariatric surgery herself, Traci is an excellent source of information regarding life after weight loss surgery.

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