Gastric Sleeve Vs. Gastric Bypass: Which Is Right for Me?
There are numerous considerations that must be factored into a decision regarding an appropriate weight loss surgery. Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery are two of the most popular and effective methods toward this end, and both have been utilized with millions of Americans with great success. There are many similarities and differences between these two prominent techniques. So to help you on your journey to improved health and happiness, Dr. Rishi Ramlogan, our skilled weight loss surgeon, has compiled some helpful information that may assist you in selecting an appropriate technique for your medical needs and goals.
Gastric bypass surgery is considered to be a combination weight loss surgery, in that the procedure is both restrictive (reducing the amount of food you can eat), and malabsorptive (limiting the absorption of certain foods). Since the technique involves “bypassing” a portion of small intestine, diet becomes essential. You will have to take vitamins daily and avoid certain foods, including sugary items. Although lifestyle changes may be significant, dramatic weight loss of up to 60-80 percent of your total weight is typical with this approach.
Gastric sleeve surgery, on the other hand, is considered to be a restrictive procedure alone, but you may be able to lose a similar amount of excess weight as with gastric bypass. This is not a reversible technique, though you can potentially receive gastric bypass in the future if you require additional weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy often can be an option for individuals who are not qualified for adjustable gastric banding, which has a number of limiting criteria. Gastric sleeve may be recommended as a precursor to additional operations, as this surgery tends to be safer and less invasive if you have a particularly high body mass index (BMI).
If you have additional questions about whether gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery is right for you, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons, please contact us today.
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