Considering weight loss surgery, you may wonder which procedure is correct for you. Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery are the most common types of bariatric surgery. They both achieve weight loss by restricting the quantity you can eat, but they achieve this in different ways.
The recovery period after a gastric sleeve surgery is generally shorter and less painful than a gastric bypass. This is because the gastric sleeve is less invasive, as it only involves removing part of the stomach.
Choosing the right bariatric surgery for you is a vital decision that should be made with a qualified bariatric surgeon. They will consider your circumstances, such as your weight, health history, and lifestyle. We will discuss how each procedure works and the potential risks and benefits to help people make informed decisions.
What Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is a weight loss surgery involving removing a large portion of the stomach. This leaves a smaller, tube-shaped stomach about the size of a banana.
The smaller stomach cannot hold as much food, so you feel full sooner and eat less. Gastric sleeve surgery may also help to decrease hunger by affecting hormones that control appetite.
Here’s how this weight loss surgery is typically performed:
The surgeon makes small incisions in your stomach. A tube with a light and camera (laparoscope) is inserted through one of the incisions. The surgeon uses the laparoscope to remove a large portion of your stomach. The remaining stomach is then stitched together.
Benefits of Choosing Gastric Sleeve Surgery
1) You will lose more weight
2) There is a reduced risk of developing nutritional deficiencies.
3) You are less likely to experience dumping syndrome.
4) There is no need to rearrange your small intestine.
5) The surgery is less invasive than other weight loss surgeries.
6) Recovery time is shorter.
7) The surgery may be reversible.
What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is a weight loss surgery that involves creating a stomach pouch and re-routing the small intestine. This surgery is reserved for people with a BMI of 40 or higher or those 35 or at least one obesity-related health condition, such as type 2 diabetes.
Here’s how the surgery works:
First, the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch and a larger lower section. Next, a Y-shaped section of the small intestine is attached to the pouch. This allows food to bypass the large part of the stomach and the introductory section of the small intestine (duodenum). As a result, people feel fuller sooner and absorb fewer calories. This leads to weight loss.
Benefits of Gastric Bypass
1) You’re less likely to regain weight than with other procedures.
2) You’ll have fewer hunger cravings.
3) Your blood sugar levels may improve, which can help control diabetes.
4) Your risk of heart disease and stroke may decrease.