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Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

In gastric bypass, the surgeon creates a small pouch using the upper part of the stomach. The pouch (approximately the size of an egg) limits the amount and rate in which a person may eat or drink. In addition, the intestines are reorganized to separate the digestive enzymes from the food that is eaten, thereby limiting the amount of calories that are absorbed by the body. This can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure with a laparoscope through short incisions in the abdomen, or as a traditional open surgery.

After gastric bypass surgery, studies suggest that a patient can anticipate losing up to 80 percent of excess body weight within two years of surgery, and can expect to keep off 70 percent of the excess weight at 10 years.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

During a sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve surgery), a sleeve-shaped tube is created from a small portion of the stomach and the majority of the stomach is removed. Food passes through the new stomach tube directly into the intestines. Nutrients and calories are absorbed from food normally, but patients feel full sooner and longer.

After a Sleeve gastrectomy studies suggest that a person can anticipate losing about 65 percent of their excess weight and this usually occurs within the first year after surgery

Sleeve gastrectomy is performed laparoscopically and can be a permanent surgical solution to manage weight.

Revision and Conversion Surgeries

LAP-BAND Conversion Surgeries

Gastric conversion involves removing a band and converting the patient to either a gastric bypass or a sleeve. Some of the reasons include poor weight loss, weight regain and possible complications relating to the band including band prolapse or injury to the stomach or esophagus. It involves modifying an existing bypass or a sleeve and usually is due to either poor weight loss or typically weight regain. Occasionally the original surgery causes complications and your surgeon may recommend revising your original gastric bypass to a sleeve OR your original sleeve to a gastric bypass.

Choosing the Right Procedure for You

When it comes to bariatric surgery, one size definitely does not fit all. Some of the considerations for each type of procedure include:

  • Your age
  • Health risks, such as heart or lung problems
  • The amount of weight you need to lose
  • Whether or not you have diabetes
  • Your lifestyle and the ability to commit to the required lifestyle changes

The type of bariatric surgery you’ll undergo will be a mutual decision between you and your surgeon. Remember – it’s great to take advice from family and friends, but do what’s right for YOU.