Understanding Bariatric Surgery Options: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Bariatric Surgery Options: A Comprehensive Guide

Bariatric surgery is an effective way to kickstart a healthy lifestyle for individuals struggling to lose weight through diet and exercise. Moreover, these procedures are typically successful in treating diabetes, high blood pressure, and several other diseases. Yet, choosing the right surgery for your body, health, and lifestyle can be tricky. 

In this post, we’ll discuss the various types of bariatric surgery and the advantages associated with each one. Let’s get started. 

Sleeve Gastrectomy 

Sleeve gastrectomy is a permanent procedure that removes approximately two-thirds of your current stomach. The remaining tube-shaped stomach section can only hold two to three ounces of food. Therefore, you will feel satiated from less food. 

This minimal-risk procedure takes less than one hour with general anesthesia. Plus, you can typically return home the next day and return to non-physical activities after two weeks. 

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass 

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a procedure that redirects food away from the large stomach section into an egg-sized stomach pouch. Your food bypasses the small intestine, limiting the absorption of nutrients. Plus, the stomach pouch can hold about one ounce of food at a time. Thus, you will limit your caloric intake, leading to swift weight loss. Most patients average a two- to three-pound weight loss each week and up to 70% of excess weight after one year.  

This permanent, low-risk procedure takes under two hours. You can return home after two to three days in the hospital and return to non-physical activities after 14 days. 

Discover More Bariatric Surgery Benefits 

If you struggle to lose weight with diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for weight loss surgery. Alongside strict diet and lifestyle changes, weight-loss surgery can help you lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. 

Do you want to learn more about these procedures and potential bariatric surgery risks?  Make an appointment today. 

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