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Gastric Bypass vs. Gastric Sleeve: Weighing Your Options

A diagram of a gastric bypassThe team at Tijuana Bariatric Center prides itself on giving patients the answers they need to make confident choices for long-term health. By undergoing weight loss surgery, you can address the various wellness issues associated with obesity and morbid obesity, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and so forth.

There are different types of bariatric surgery, each one offering their own way of promoting weight loss. Gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery are two very popular options. Let's compare the two right now.

Different Surgeries Work in Different Ways

When it comes to weight loss surgeries, there are different ways that they can be performed. In general, there are two different means by which weight loss procedures work:

  • Restrictive Weight Loss – Restrictive weight loss refers to procedures that reduce a persons appetite and limits the amount of calories he or she can consume in a single sitting.

  • Malabsorptive Weight Loss – Malabsorptive weight loss refers to procedures that reduce the amount of calories a patient absorbs during the digestion process.

We should also note that there are weight loss procedures that combine restrictive and malabsorptive techniques.

Let's take a look at gastric sleeve and gastric bypass individually before we pit them against each other.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure that involves the permanent resizing of the stomach. This is a restrictive weight loss procedure. When the patient's stomach is smaller, he or she feel full sooner than they usually would, which reduced caloric intake and promotes weight loss by that method.

About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass is a combined restrictive and malabsorptive procedure. The gastric bypass involves altering the size of the stomach and also rerouting part of the digestive tract so a portion of the small intestine is bypassed. This combination of limiting caloric consumption as well as absorption helps many people lose weight.

The Advantages of the Gastric Sleeve Over Gastric Bypass

The gastric sleeve procedure is much more streamlined than the gastric bypass surgery. The stomach's size is altered, and that's all there really is to it. Since the surgery is relatively simple, it's also considered rather low-maintenance and generally lower risk as well, with patients less likely to experience serious side effects or complications.

The Advantages of the Gastric Bypass Over Gastric Sleeve

The gastric bypass procedure helps ensure greater levels of weight loss with a higher degree of success since it combines two mechanisms for reducing caloric intake. The procedure is effective, and some patients notice better results in the short term and long term when it comes to overall reduction in body mass.

Which Weight Loss Surgery Is Right for Me?

While each surgery has technical advantages over the other, what really matters is which surgery is best for the patient. During a consultation, we can go over these surgical options (as well as the popular gastric band technique) and determine which bariatric procedure would be best suited to you and your needs.

Schedule a Consultation at Tijuana Bariatric Center

For more information about gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery and which might be the best option for you and your needs, be sure to contact our bariatric surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center looks forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthier body weight.

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