Restrictive vs. Malabsorptive
You have several options for low-cost weight loss surgery at Tijuana Bariatrics, so you should make your decision only after you gain a comprehensive understanding of what each surgery requires beforehand, what each surgery entails, and what you can expect after each procedure. The qualified team at Tijuana Bariatrics can help patients understand the benefits of malabsorptive vs. restrictive bariatric surgery so that they can decide which is best suited to meet their goals. Malabsorptive means that fewer nutrients are absorbed. Restrictive means that something is held back, or in this case, segmented from the rest. Both methods are highly effective.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
By far the most popular procedure for weight loss, gastric bypass has been performed since the late 1960s and is recognized as the gold standard for bariatric surgeries. However, gastric bypass requires significant lifestyle changes. The patient must comply with post-surgical instructions, including taking supplements, or gastric bypass can cause serious complications. Patients who are compliant generally enjoy positive, lasting results.
Both malabsorptive and restrictive surgeries are highly effective and carry unique benefits.
Gastric bypass involves segmenting off the lower section of the stomach to leave only a small pouch to process food. In addition, the lower section of the small intestine is rerouted to the new stomach pouch. While segmentation of the stomach is restrictive, because only a small portion of the stomach can process food, gastric bypass is also considered malabsorptive.