Surgeon Adam Naaman, M.D., F.A.C.S. demonstrates the minimally invasive Roux-en-Y procedure from Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas in a live webcast archive
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
Houston, Texas- Obesity poses a growing health threat to Americans, and more than 140,000 patients underwent weight-loss surgery last year. Nationally recognized bariatric surgeon Adam Naaman, M.D., F.A.C.S., demonstrated his innovative gastric bypass technique during a live, surgical webcast on June 15 at 5:30 p.m. CDT.
Dr. Naaman performed the procedure at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston, Texas. People are considered morbidly obese if they are more than 100 lbs. overweight, are more than twice their ideal weight, or have a body mass index of at least 40.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Team
"While gastric bypass surgery can be very effective for morbidly obese patients, it requires a life-long commitment to changes in diet and activity," said Dr. Naaman, bariatric medical director at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, who has performed nearly 1,300 bariatric surgeries. Patients must undergo psychological and nutritional evaluations and attend at least two bariatric support group meetings before becoming surgical candidates at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital.
Gastric Bypass Procedure
The Roux-en-Y procedure, which Dr. Naaman performed, combines the two main principles of bariatric surgery - restriction and malabsorption. The surgeon divides the stomach, creating a small pouch that greatly restricts the amount of food the patient can eat. The procedure also reroutes and shortens the small intestine, decreasing the amount of food energy absorbed by the body. The bypassed stomach and intestine segments are reattached below the pouch, so the fluids and enzymes provided by those organs can drain into the intestines and facilitate digestion.