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Gastric bypass

Gastric bypass surgery, also referred to as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is a type of weight-loss surgery in which the stomach is stapled to create a smaller stomach pouch, and part of the small intestine is rerouted to bypass the duodenum -- which is where chemical digestion takes place — to result in the absorption of fewer calories. Gastric bypass patients typically experience rapid weight loss and can lose an average of 67% of their excess weight one year after surgery.

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Comparison of surgical procedures

Three of the most frequently performed bariatric weight-loss surgeries are laparoscopic adjustable banding, also known as LAP-BAND®, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also referred to as gastric sleeve, and Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). This table compares the three procedures, touching on topics such as average short- and long-term weight loss.

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LAP-BAND after gastric bypass

Some gastric bypass patients may not achieve their weight loss goals. According to Bariatric Times, the long-term failure rate for Roux-en-Y (RNY) gastric bypass patients is 20 to 35 percent. In patients with a BMI of 50 or higher, the failure rate can be as high as 60 percent.

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