While you often hear people talking about bariatric surgery in general, there are actually different types of surgical procedures, including:
Below are details about each procedure, as well as its advantages and disadvantages. You and your doctor can discuss which option is best for you.
Gastric banding involves the placement of a ring around the upper part of the stomach. This ring helps form a small pouch that can only hold about a half a cup of food, making you consume less because you feel fuller faster.
The ring is adjustable and creates a small opening that slows the passage of food from the small upper pouch to the rest of the stomach and intestines, making you also feel fuller longer.
There are two types of bands available—the LAP-BAND® System and the Realize® Band. Ask your doctor about which gastric band is best for you. Read more about the new, lowered FDA approved BMI standards for gastric banding.
Advantages of gastric banding:
Disadvantages of gastric banding:
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In the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, an egg-sized portion of the stomach is surgically divided from the rest. This new, smaller stomach severely restricts the amount of food you can take in. And while the larger, lower portion of the stomach never holds food again, it does continue to help with digestion.
A Y-shaped segment of your small bowel is attached to the new small stomach. The other branch of the bowel remains attached to the larger, lower stomach. This delays the mixing of food with digestive juices, resulting in reduced absorption of calories, and ultimately, weight loss.
Advantages of gastric bypass:
Disadvantages of gastric bypass:
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Gastric sleeve resection
Sleeve gastrectomy is a surgery that involves only the stomach. It does not involve surgery on the intestine. A large, rounded portion of the stomach is removed, leaving a slender section of stomach that looks like a sleeve.
Unlike gastric bypass, which changes the stomach openings, sleeve gastrectomy leaves the openings intact, so digestion can continue as normal. This procedure is also helpful for patients who want to lose weight but have health conditions that make more aggressive procedures less safe. This procedure is irreversible, but it can be converted to other weight loss procedures in the future if necessary.
Advantages of gastric sleeve:
Disadvantages of gastric sleeve:
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Every potential cure has complications
Bariatric surgery can change a person’s life for the better, but, as with any major surgery, there are also some risks. The most common complications associated with bariatric surgery are:
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