One of the most common bariatric (weight loss) surgeries is Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (LRYGB), or simply Gastric Bypass Surgery for short. Costa Rica has surgical teams that are highly experienced in performing LRYGB for patients from all over the world.

How is laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) surgery done?

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery uses surgical staples to create a small pouch in the upper stomach, separating it from the rest of the stomach, and then connecting the pouch to a rerouted small intestine. The purpose of the small pouch is to greatly limit the amount of food that can be ingested. As a result, a patient needs to eat less food in order to feel satisfied and tends to lose weight naturally.
One of biggest advancements in gastric bypass surgeries has been the use of the laparoscope. Laparoscopic surgery is a modern minimally invasive surgical technique where abdominal operations are done through small incisions (usually less than 2 cm or 1/2-inch) as compared to the traditional larger incisions of open surgery. By using a laparoscope, a thin, flexible tube-like surgical tool, often with a miniature video camera that sends images to a monitor, a surgeon can view and work on the internal organs more easily.

This minimally invasive technique has many benefits:

  • Smaller incisions help reduce recovery time and cause less scarring.
  • Reduces bleeding, lowering the need for blood transfusions.
  • Usually is less painful after surgery, therefore requiring less pain medications.
  • Reduces risk of infections and the occurrence of post-surgical hernias.

Are you a candidate for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) surgery?

Not all patients are suitable for laparoscopic surgery. Patients who are considered extremely obese, who have had previous stomach surgery, or who have complex medical problems may require open surgery. Complex medical problems may include having severe heart and lung disease or weighing more than 350 pounds.

Benefits of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) surgery:

  • A high rate of correction of hyperlipidemia (fats in the blood)
  • Reduced essential hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Reduction or elimination of sleep apnea and snoring
  • A high rate of improvement in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Reduction of gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Reduced risk of thromboembolic conditions, including reduction of leg swelling
  • Reduction or elimination of back and joint pain
  • Reduction in predicted cardiovascular disease
  • Reduction in NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)

Cautions of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYCB) surgery:

This procedure is much more invasive than other bariatric surgeries and comes with more potential complications. Additionally, since there are changes to the small intestine, food absorption is dramatically altered and thus much closer attention needs to be paid to life-long eating habits and supplements to assure proper nutrition.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (LRYGB) in Costa Rica

Gastric bypass surgery is available in Costa Rica. If you are interested in gastric bypass surgery in Costa Rica, please fill out the “Help me Find a Doctor” form. A participating medical specialist will contact you about your medical needs.