Roux En Y is the most commonly performed gastric bypass procedure in the United States. During a Roux En Y gastric bypass, the surgeon forms an entirely new stomach pouch to hold food. The new stomach pouch is around the size of an egg. After the pouch is formed it is reattached to the bowel, which allows a large amount of the small intestine to be completely bypassed. This allows the patient to be full sooner due to small stomach pouch size. It also allows for malabsorption, which means that food is not absorbed and turned into fat as easily as it was before. Both things allow for quick weight loss. With the addition of a silastic ring, the weight loss can be even more notable.
A silastic ring is a Roux En Y gastric bypass addition that Dr. Krahn encourages his patients to consider. The gastric bypass surgery is the same as it is for a standard Roux En Y gastric bypass, but a silastic ring is added. This ring goes around the stomach pouch in the anastomosis area. The anastomosis is the connector between the stomach pouch and the portion of the small intestine that was bypassed.
This type of surgery has a high success rate for improved weight loss. Patients who opt for the Roux En Y gastric bypass with silastic ring are often better able to avoid regaining weight because the ring forces them to keep the food portions small. Overall, the addition of a silastic ring to the Roux En Y gastric bypass procedure can make the difference between the desired weight loss and a failed surgery for some patients. The silastic ring simply makes it easier for patients to stay on track without being hungry.