Patients these days have a wide array of different procedures to choose from. Weight loss surgery choices are changing and more and more patients are opting for a less extensive gastric sleeve surgery over the traditional gastric bypass.
Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass
For a long time, gastric bypass was the number one surgical option for patients struggling to lose weight. Now, sleeve gastrectomy (also known as gastric sleeve surgery), which involves removing nearly 80% of the stomach, has become more popular than the traditional gastric bypass surgery, which involves making surgical changes deeper in the digestive tract.
So, is all the popularity warranted? Is gastric sleeve a better choice for patients than gastric bypass? Although there are a number of reasons for patients to love the new gastric sleeve procedure, there are still advantages to having traditional gastric bypass.
Here are just a few things to consider if you’re struggling to choose between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery:
Gastric sleeve surgery is a less complicated procedure. Gastric bypass surgery is a more complex surgical procedure. During gastric bypass the stomach is divided and the small intestine realigned. Sleeve gastrectomy, on the other hand, involves simply shrinking the stomach so that the patient is able to feel full from far smaller food portions than they did before. The sleeve gastrectomy has fewer long-term complications, is a shorter surgical procedure than traditional bypass surgery, lasting only about 30-45 minutes total, and has results that rival that of the bypass.
Gastric sleeve can help patients keep hunger at bay. Because a sleeve gastrectomy actually shrinks stomach size by 80%, your body actually starts to produce fewer hunger-causing hormones. This makes it easier for recovering patients to adjust to their new stomach with less stress and overall hunger, allowing for a smoother transition to a healthier relationship with food.
Gastric bypass is still best for weight loss. Although both procedures are highly successful at helping obese patients shed excess pounds, gastric bypass surgery maintains an edge over gastric sleeve surgery when it comes to total weight loss. Depending on your weight loss time frame and amount of weight your doctor is advising you to lose, you might want to choose one option over the other. On average, gastric sleeve surgery patients lose around 60-65 percent of their excess weight, while traditional gastric bypass patients lose an average of 75-85 percent of their excess weight.
Is Weight Loss Surgery Right For Me? If you are struggling with obesity after trying to lose weight through nonsurgical approaches, bariatric weight loss surgery might be the right choice for you. Dr. Samuel Bledsoe is a board-certified general and bariatric surgeon who specializes in helping patients choose the best surgical procedure for their needs, so patients are able to lose weight in a healthy way and improve their quality of life. If you’re interested in a weight loss surgery procedure like gastric sleeve, gastric bypass or gastric branding, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bledsoe by visiting us online today!