When it comes to bariatric surgery, there isn’t one solution that is right for every patient. In fact, there are two main weight loss solutions that are effective in helping patients achieve rapid long-term weight loss. These solutions are the gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve.
Here is what you need to know about both of these popular bariatric surgeries to help you to choose which is right to help you lose your excess weight and enjoy a healthier, longer, and happier life.
A gastric bypass is a gold standard in weight loss surgery. In a gastric bypass, surgical staples are used to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This is then connected to the small intestine, meaning that it bypasses the rest of the stomach. This means that you will require fewer calories to feel full, as well as absorbing fewer calories from the foods that you do eat.
Life after a gastric bypass will be different than it is currently, and your bariatric surgeon in Long Island will prepare you for these changes. This is important because patients need to understand and accept the adjustments that they will need to make for their procedure to be a success. This includes a liquid and then soft diet immediately after the surgery, drinking more water than usual, and taking daily supplements including multivitamins, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Vitamin B12. Once you can begin to eat normal foods again, you will be able to eat much less and should stick to a healthy, balanced diet and get sufficient exercise. Though these changes may seem drastic now, after the surgery they will become the “new normal”, and you and your body won’t have a problem adjusting to the new healthy lifestyle.
A gastric bypass has been shown to have the highest success rate of any bariatric surgery, and patients could potentially lose up to two-thirds of their excess weight within two months. Patients could also keep the weight off for as long as a decade or more, provided they make the necessary lifestyle changes to do so.
Also known as a sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a very popular procedure that is less complex than a bypass, but still has a very high rate of success. In a gastric sleeve procedure, a portion of the stomach is stapled off and separated from the rest. The excess is removed, and what is left of the stomach is essentially a thin, narrow tube- called the sleeve. Since no part of the stomach is bypassed, the nutrients that you consume are able to be absorbed in the normal way. However, the amount of food that you can consume is drastically reduced, also reducing your calorie intake.
Just like other forms of bariatric surgery, patients who undergo a sleeve gastrectomy will need to make certain changes to the way that they live their life. While you will be able to absorb nutrients efficiently, the restriction on the amount of food that you can consume will mean that you need to take supplements. You will need to enjoy much smaller meals and will want to eat much less and more frequently. You will also have to have the discipline to stick to a healthy, balanced diet and carry out regular exercise. This will help with your weight loss and tone your body as you drop pounds, minimizing the effects of sagging skin.
Patients who have a gastric sleeve can expect to achieve up to 50-60% excess weight loss, which is just marginally less than the success rate of a gastric bypass. However, with appropriate nutrition and exercise, that percentage can be much higher.
For more information about bariatric surgery, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our team at Clarity Surgical today by calling (519)-259-2525.