Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass: Which One is Best for You?

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
June 2, 2021
Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass: Which One is Best for You?

There are many people out there struggling with obesity who have been unable to find a good solution. They may try dieting, exercising, and more to no avail. This is often where someone may begin considering surgical intervention options. Of course, surgical interventions are often the last route that should be considered, as other options are more ideal. But for those who have struggled for so long without any progress, bariatric surgery may be the light at the end of the tunnel. There are two primary types of bariatric surgery: gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. The question is, which one is right for you?

Gastric Sleeve

Firstly, let’s break down the differences between the two procedures. A gastric sleeve surgery involves a surgeon cutting out a large percentage of the stomach, leaving only a sleeve-like portion behind. This type of surgery is slightly more safe than gastric bypass, as it has a smaller percentage of risk factors. Gastric sleeve surgery is typically better for those who are high risk or have already had multiple abdominal surgeries. It is also a good choice for people who take psychiatric medication because a gastric sleeve will not affect the way the stomach absorbs these medications as much as gastric bypass would. Losing weight from a gastric sleeve is more gradual and steadier than weight loss from a gastric bypass.

Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass surgery involves turning the stomach into a small pouch and rerouting the gastrointestinal tract. It is a much more involved surgery that alters the number of calories and amount of fat that your body absorbs. This procedure is more powerful or severe than the gastric sleeve procedure, as patients will typically lose more weight faster. Many patients will lose much of their excess fat within the first year to a year and a half after the gastric bypass. Gastric bypass can be a good option for individuals who have high body mass indexes, severe acid reflux, or diabetes.

Risk Factors of Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Both procedures can have great benefits, but they also carry potential risks. The potential complications from bariatric surgery include blood loss, blood clots, infections, pain, vitamin or nutritional deficiencies, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, leakage, and more. Fortunately, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there is only about a 4% risk of major complications with bariatric surgery. This makes both procedures quite safe if you follow the recovery instructions from your surgeon.

The bottom line is that the best procedure for you comes down to several factors. You need to consult with your doctor and surgeon regarding your history, genetics, medical issues, and more to figure out whether a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass would provide the most benefit. The surgeon will be able to tell you which procedure will help create the changes that you desire and need. Gastric bypass is often recommended for patients who are in a high range of obesity and need to lose a very large percentage of body fat.

BASS Bariatric Surgery Center is Here to Help

If you are struggling with obesity and have considered bariatric surgery, give us a call here at BASS Bariatric Surgery Center. We will go over your case and determine which procedure would be best to help you lose the weight that you need to get back to a healthy life. We can break down each procedure and answer any questions that you may have. Do not wait to take back your life from obesity. Give us a call today.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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