Obesity can be a silent killer and if you are a victim, you are most likely to consider a bariatric surgery. However, not knowing enough about the procedures can make you feel overwhelmed. In today’s article, we’ll share our expert’s explanation about the top most bariatric surgeries. These include Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, and Lap Band.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
In gastric bypass surgery, a surgeon creates a small pouch of the stomach, only the pouch is meant to hold the food. It also involves the diversion of the small intestine to the pouch instead of the stomach. The route of the intestine is also altered. Patients with a BMI of 35-39 are advised to go with this kind of surgery. Patients with BMI over 40 can also opt for a bypass surgery if they don’t have any chronic illness.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In Gastric Sleeve surgery, the stomach size is reduced into a sleeve, almost the same size of a banana. Reduction in the size of the stomach helps the patients with controlling their hunger as a smaller stomach is more likely to fee full after eating very little. It also hinders the production of the hunger hormone, making patients with satiety and fullness. A Gastric Sleeve is mostly recommended for patients who have 100 pounds or more than their recommended healthy weight.
In the Lap-Band surgery, the size of the stomach is reduced by placing a band around the stomach. Since it reduces the size of the stomach, it controls how much food you put in your body. A lap band requires regular visits to the surgeon as the band must be adjusted to the size of the stomach. Patients with BMI over 30 to 35 are the best candidates for this type of surgery.
Difference B/W Lap-Band And Gastric Sleeve
The main difference between Lap band and gastric sleeve is that a band is adjustable and removable via surgery. A gastric sleeve however, is created by cutting out a portion of the stomach and can’t be reversed.
If you are still unsure about the type of surgery you want to go with, we are here for you. At Houston Weight Loss, we offer free bariatric consultation. All you need to do is pick your phone and book your appointment with our representative today!