When it comes to losing weight through bariatric surgery, patients have numerous methods to consider. Some surgeries will reduce stomach size, others may alter the actual digestive tract, and others still will reduce stomach size and alter the digestive tract as well. Weight loss surgery refers to various means by which surgeons can help patients lose weight. As mentioned above, these surgical treatments will be used to alter the size and shape of the stomach and/or change the patient’s digestive tract. By far the most well known and most popular weight loss surgery options are gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery.
Gastric bypass surgery involves the alteration of the digestive tract. In essence, part of the small intestine is bypassed. The size of the stomach is surgically altered as well during gastric bypass surgery.
What is gastric banding? Gastric banding takes a much different approach to bariatric surgery. During a lap band surgery, a special silicone ring/device is used to help reduce the size of a patient’s stomach. This is reversible.
Gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery differ in many important ways. First of all, gastric bypass surgery is far more invasive. It requires surgical revisions of both stomach size and the small intestine. Gastric banding surgery is less invasive since the stomach size is only being altered through the use of a silicone band. Consequently, it’s easier to reverse the effects of a gastric banding surgery than a gastric bypass.
In addition to this, the weight loss that patients experience is achieved in a different manner as well. With gastric banding surgery, patients experience restrictive weight loss. This means that the smaller stomach size restricts the amount of food that a person can consume, and that a person feels full sooner. With gastric bypass surgery, there’s a combination of restrictive weight loss and malabsorptive weight loss. The latter means that fewer calories are absorbed into the body since part of the small intestine is skipped over.
Since the right morbid obesity treatment for each patient differs, this is one of those questions that I cannot possibly answer online. You would need to visit your doctor in person so he can assess your needs and determine how to best meet that.
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