Know the different procedures for weight loss: Gastric sleeve vs Gastric Bypass
Having weight loss surgery is a big decision. It should not be taken lightly and you should research the best bariatric surgery technique for you. This is the only way you can have a successful surgery.
In recent years, two important weight-loss surgeries have been heard of, such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, the latter being one of the most chosen. The gastric sleeve is less aggressive and allows you to continue eating what you want while with the bypass you are under certain restrictions that can mean a drastic change in your normal life.
As stated, performing bariatric surgery is not an easy decision. This procedure is capable of changing your life forever and that is why you must be sure that this is the best option for you. There are many factors that influence a person at the time of surgery and others when you must decide on a single option.
Today you will see what are the main differences between a gastric bypass and a well-known gastric sleeve. What are its pros and cons and above all how they can help you?
What is the difference between both surgeries?
Let’s talk about the Gastric Sleeve
This surgery is one of the most popular and the truth is that it has a fairly low postoperative complication rate. It is a laparoscopic procedure that involves removing between 70 and 80% of the stomach. It sounds loud, but it is a simple procedure that is quickly performed by an experienced surgeon.
The portion that is removed causes the stomach that the part that remains takes the form of a sleeve that joins the intestine. This reduces the amount of food the patient can eat. Currently, this surgery is one of the most recommended for weight loss, due to different reasons.
The first is that it does not require any type of reconnection between the stomach and the intestine, which eliminates many risks. The fact that no reconnection should be made prevents future complications and that then some movement or sudden blow will cause said union to detach.
What happens with the gastric sleeve is that the portion that is removed does not affect the stomach-intestine junction at all. That is why no reconnection should be done. Another important fact to know is that in this part that is extracted there are a large number of cells that produce the hormone responsible for appetite.
By eliminating this part, the patient will stop feeling so hungry and will avoid eating to “fill up.” The truth is that gastric sleeve surgery takes care of controlling your appetite and ensuring that you only eat enough. But you will still need the support of a nutritionist and a psychologist to get used to your new lifestyle without a major problem.
Gastric Sleeve surgery removes 70% of the stomach where the appetite hormone is produced. In this way, hunger is reduced and excellent results are obtained to eliminate obesity.
A fun fact is that gastric sleeve surgery was originally created as the first step of a staged procedure for the super obese. A sleeve is created and then a second intervention is finished with the remainder of the procedure (redirecting the bowel) after the patient had lost some weight. However, most patients lose enough weight from the first part of the procedure (the sleeve) that they do not need a second procedure.
About Gastric Bypass
This procedure has also been quite successful over the years. It consists of reducing excess weight and maintaining weight in the long term. This surgery is considered the “Gold Standard” and works by creating a small stomach pouch that is reconnected to the intestine.
During the procedure, 1.5 meters of the intestine are removed, and then reconnection is done. The patient is still able to process most of the food in the same intestine but nutritional and caloric intake is limited thanks to malabsorption. The period of time in which the patient loses weight is short and the acquired figure is easily maintained.
Trying to simplify what has been explained a bit, the surgeon must create a small stomach sac and then connect it with the rest of the small intestine that has remained after removing a part.
Gastric bypass is recommended for people with a body mass index greater than 40 and if they already have a serious health condition due to their weight. But it’s about avoiding doing this surgery if you don’t meet any of these requirements.
Gastric bypass is a complex operation performed by some of the most talented and highly trained laparoscopic surgeons. There is a level of pride in knowing how to carry out this procedure. And not everyone can do it. It is the most researched and studied weight loss surgery available. And the longest has been around and has thousands of success stories.
Procedures for Weight Loss – Main differences
The number one difference is that in the gastric sleeve no part of the small intestine is removed while in the gastric bypass it is. This avoids having to make a new stomach-intestine reconnection.
During Gastric Sleeve, only part of the stomach is removed and everything else remains the same. While in the bypass a new stomach bag is created that is the one that connects with the part of the intestine that has remained.
Another difference is the length of time the surgery takes. By itself, undergoing a procedure that involves anesthesia carries an unavoidable risk. The risk is higher if the person suffers from a disease related to obesity or if he or she already has a basic disease.
After several surgeries were performed, both Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass, the time standard that each one lasted was determined. In the case of the Gastric Sleeve, a time of 1 hour and 40 minutes is invested. While with gastric bypass you can last 2 hours and 45 minutes.
The fact that gastric bypass is a much more durable surgery compared to gastric sleeve, makes the second a considerable option to avoid having more risks than are already present. Therefore, if you are a candidate to undergo any of the surgeries, it is better that you sand the gastric sleeve surgery since you will last much less time in the operating room.
Regarding the amount of weight that is lost, the Gastric Sleeve helps you lose weight continuously for two years while the bypass does it all in the same year. These periods of fat loss pose psychological risks for each patient.
Losing weight abruptly can lead to eating disorders and increased anxiety while slowing down the weight is likely to make the person more easily used to their new image without going through dark periods.
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