Three Types of Bariatric Surgery

When you are considering bariatric surgery, it can be difficult to process the various types available. Each bariatric surgery type comes with its own set of potential risks and rewards and only you and your doctor can determine what type of surgery is best for you and your situation. While there are seven types of bariatric surgery, today we will look at three of these types of surgery.

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric sleeve bariatric surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure where the existing stomach is reduced to approximately 15% of its original size. Gastric sleeve surgery removes 70% of the stomach where the hunger hormone ghrelin is produced. Because of the removal of this portion of the stomach, patients who have this kind of surgery are less hungry than they were prior to surgery.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery is a surgical weight-loss procedure where the stomach is divided into two sections and then the intestines are re-reouted to both sections. The top section is a smaller upper pouch, and the bottom section is a larger lower remnant section. This type of bariatric surgery helps you lose weight because it changes how your body (stomach and intestines) digest the food you eat. Your stomach is smaller after surgery and is rerouted so that the food you eat no longer goes into some of the parts of your stomach and intestines, equating to less food absorption.

Duodenal Switch

A duodenal switch bariatric surgery, known also as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch or gastric reduction duodenal switch, is a weight loss surgery procedure that changes where the food you eat is sent and absorbed. Your stomach is reduced in size by 30% through stapling. Then your stomach is rerouted and connected further down the intestinal tract. Because the food you eat is rerouted farther down the intestinal tract, your body has less chance to absorb nutrients from the food you eat and therefore this type of surgery created a significant malabsorption of calories and nutrients.

When you decide to have bariatric surgery to help lose weight and ultimately improve your life, it is important to discuss all options with your doctor. While it might seem like a quick fix to simply have your surgery and be done with it, without dietary and lifestyle changes you can quickly be right back where you started. When you are ready for bariatric surgery, consider all of your options and find the best surgeon for your bariatric surgery in Mexico and beyond.