Weight loss surgery is often considered a way for obese patients to lose a significant amount of weight and treat medical conditions related to obesity. However, despite what other may think, weight loss surgery is NOT the ‘easy way out’. To make weight loss surgery successful, considerable effort is required before and after the operation.
You might be wondering which weight loss procedure you want to choose. However, there are several types of weight loss procedures. Most people just choose what their surgeon recommends- and while this is usually a good way to go, it’s important that you understand your options before you pull the trigger. So which weight loss surgery is best for you?
Gastric bypass is the bariatric surgical procedure that has been performed by the longest. It is considered the “gold standard” of bariatric procedures. It involves forming a pouch from the stomach and connecting that pouch to the lower part of the small intestine. This cuts off the rest of the stomach from the pouch, shrinking the usable volume of the stomach. It also causes less food to be absorbed as part of the intestine is bypassed (hence the name).
Sleeve gastrectomy, or the gastric sleeve, is the newer cousin of the gastric bypass. The surgeon reshapes the stomach into a tube-like shape, shrinking it down to a portion of its old size. Removing that part of the stomach also reduces the amount of ghrelin (hunger hormone) that is released.
The adjustable gastric band is also known as a Lap-Band, which is the brand of the most commonly sold gastric band. It is done by inserting a band around the stomach and inflating it to restrict its size. A reversible surgery, and done through a keyhole in the abdomen, it’s a very common choice due to its lower cost and lower recovery time. However, it’s losing popularity in recent years due to controversies over its effectiveness.