The Ultimate Guide To Different Types Of Weight Loss Surgeries

Losing weight is a challenge for many people. If you are severely overweight, weight loss surgery may be the best option. There are many different types of weight loss surgery, and each one has its own set of risks and benefits. This article explores the different types of weight loss surgeries so that you can make an informed decision about which medical procedure is right for you.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

This procedure is a helpful weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach by about 75%. The reduced stomach size makes you feel full sooner and eat less. The procedure is done through several tiny cuts in your belly. A tube called a stapler is used to remove part of the stomach. Then, the surgeon staples the stomach closed. The new, smaller stomach is about the size and shape of a banana.

Sleeve gastrectomy can be a great option for people who are obese and have not had any luck with methods like diet and exercise. It may also be a viable option for people with weight-related health problems, such as type II diabetes.

Unlike other weight-loss surgeries, a sleeve gastrectomy does not involve rerouting or connecting any part of the intestines. You will still absorb nutrients normally.

Gastric Bypass

A gastric bypass surgery alters the digestive system so that food bypasses a large portion of the stomach and small intestine. This procedure prevents the body from absorbing some of the calories you consume. The surgery is usually only recommended for significantly overweight people who have been unable to lose weight through other means.

Gastric bypass surgery can be performed using either open or laparoscopic techniques. Open surgery involves making a large incision in the abdomen, while laparoscopic surgery uses several small incisions and requires less recovery time. 

People who undergo gastric bypass surgery lose a significant amount of weight and experience improvements in their overall health. But to maintain your weight loss, you will need to commit to lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Adjustable Gastric Band

An adjustable gastric band is a weight loss surgery where a physician places a silicone band around the stomach to create a small pouch. This pouch limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time and makes people feel full sooner. The band is adjustable, which means it can be tightened or loosened as needed.

Eligibility for this procedure depends on several factors, including:

  • Your body mass index (BMI)
  • Your medical records

Gastric band surgery is usually only recommended for people who are obese (BMI of 30 or higher). The surgery is considered safe and effective, with 40-60% weight loss.  

Talk to a doctor if you'd like to learn more about weight loss.