Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass

December 24, 2013 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Bariatric Surgery

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric BypassThere are so many compelling reasons to lose weight and achieve a much healthier BMI (body mass index). There are also many ways to achieve this more ideal weight. While diet and exercise modifications can allow people to lose weight, sometimes much more rapid weight loss is required in order to improve overall health and wellness. In these cases, bariatric surgery is the ideal option. Surgical weight loss is safe, effective, and can improve your life for the better.

There are two particularly popular options out there for surgical weight loss: gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery. Let's take a moment right now to compare the two and what they offer patients.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is a weight loss technique that involves the reduction of the patient's stomach size. Rather than having a full stomach pouch, the stomach is reduced into a tube shape. This limits the amount of food that a patient can ingest while simultaneously removing the part of the stomach that produces the Ghrelin hormone, which is responsible for sensations of hunger.

In essence, the surgery works by reducing caloric consumption and reducing appetite as well.

About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is a weight loss technique that involves rerouting part of the digestive tract. The stomach is revised in such a way that food will bypass part of the small intestine. This allows patients to eat food but not absorb as many calories from the food that they eat since part of the small intestine is passed over.

In essence, the surgery works by limiting the amount of caloric absorption that can occur during digestion.

How do the two surgeries compare?

Both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery are effective, though we feel that gastric sleeve surgery is the superior choice between the two.

For one, gastric sleeve surgery involves less revision of the digestive tract, meaning that the surgery is less complex and there is a lower chance of potential complications or need for revision. We feel that this less involved restrictive weight loss technique is better for the patient satisfaction as well.

In addition, the success rates of gastric sleeve surgery are comparable to gastric bypass surgery, meaning that optimal health and wellness can be achieved through gastric sleeve with as much success as gastric bypass. With that in mind, however, we should say that either surgery might be the right solution for you and your needs.

Making the Best Decision for Your Needs

During your consultation, we will carefully discuss which weight loss surgery option would be best for you and your needs. Since each patient is different, we will make sure that his or her surgery is specifically targeted to their unique needs. This will ensure the best results of surgery and higher chances of patient satisfaction as well.

Learn More About Your Options for Surgical Weight Loss

If you would like to learn more about weight loss surgery and your many options out there for advanced weight management, be sure to contact our Tijuana weight loss surgery center today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the a more ideal weight.