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Several different types of bariatric surgery are performed through our program― Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric sleeve resection, adjustable gastric banding, duodenal switch and revisional surgeries. Each surgical weight-loss procedure is different, with its own concerns and benefits. Please take a moment to become more familiar with the details, concerns and benefits of each procedure to help you understand which one may be right for you.
The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass works by creating a small pouch closed off from the rest of the stomach to make you feel fuller faster. It also involves re-routing your small intestines, which makes the food bypass majority of the small intestines. This is both a restrictive and malabsorptive operation. Patients who have the gastric bypass lose an average of 66 percent of their excess body weight in 18 months.A condition known as dumping syndrome can occur from eating high-fat, high-sugar foods. The results can be unpleasant and may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, diarrhea and feeling faint. Some patients actually view this as a positive mechanism that prevents them from reverting back to unhealthy eating habits.
The gastric sleeve resection works by removing 80 percent of the stomach, leaving a small pouch the size and shape of the banana. This procedure works through calorie restriction and changes in gastric hormones, and it will cause you to feel fuller faster and longer. Studies have shown that patients who have the gastric sleeve resection lose approximately 60 percent of their excess body weight at 18-24 months post-operatively.
The adjustable gastric band works by creating a pouch at the top portion of your stomach to make you feel fuller faster and longer. This procedure works on calorie restriction alone. It is the least invasive of the three procedures, but has the slowest rate of weight loss. Patients with the gastric band lose, on average, 1-2 pounds a week. In 24 months, the average patient has lost approximately 46 percent of their excess body weight.
The duodenal switch works by reducing the size of the stomach and rerouting the intestines. This surgery decreases both the quantity of food that can be accommodated by the stomach and the number of calories that can be absorbed and used by the body. It is both a restrictive and malabsorptive operation. This procedure is associated with the most risks, so it is selectively offered.
Even a modest weight loss, such as 5 to 10 percent of your total body weight, is likely to produce many health benefits, including:
Think about the life you're living and the life you'd like to live. What do you have to lose?