Have you ever asked, “Which weight loss surgery is right for me”? Over the years, numerous weight loss surgery options have been developed to address the concerns of a diverse group of patients. Today, we take a look at the seven primary types of weight loss surgery in an effort to help you decide which solution might be best for you.
1. Gastric Band
Was a popular surgery to lose weight in the past but lost favor over the last 8 years , a silicone band (adjustable via saline water injections) is placed around the upper portion of the stomach to restrict food intake. On average, patients lose approximately 40% of excess weight as an average .¹ This surgery was a good choice for those not interested in more permanent surgeries, as the band can be removed if necessary.
2. Gastric Bypass
Perhaps the one of the best surgeries to lose weight for the extremely obese, The procedure surgically reduces stomach size and re-routes the intestines, changing the way the body absorbs calories and nutrients. As a result, patients can lose up to 85% of excess weight in one year.² Because this option is quite permanent, gastric bypass is often recommended for the morbidly obese and diabetic individuals.
3. Gastric Sleeve
Is the most popular weight loss surgery, restricts the stomach to about 20% capacity, making the patient feel full faster and feel less hungry due to reduced hunger hormone production. On average, gastric sleeve patients see weight loss averaging 60 to 70% of excess weight in the first year.³
4. Gastric Balloon
The gastric balloon restricts food intake not by pinching or surgically altering the stomach, but by inflating up to three medical-grade balloons inside it to take up space and make patients feel full faster. Patients can lose as much as a third of their excess weight in 6 months, the balloons has to be removed at that time.⁴
5. Duodenal Switch
Similar to the gastric bypass, the duodenal switch involves reducing stomach size and rerouting the small intestines, causing severe malabsorption, patients after this procedure can see weight loss in excess of 70% of their excess weight in one year.⁵
The procedure is generally uncommonly used.
6. vBloc Therapy
In contrast to stomach restriction methods, vBloc therapy involves implanting a rechargeable vagal nerve stimulation device to reduce the physical feelings of hunger. ThevBloc device blocks the nerve’s “hunger signal” for a period of time, naturally reducing appetite. In the first year, patients may lose about a quarter of their excess weight.
The AspireAssist system connects an internal device in the stomach to an external port via a tube. After eating, the patient can manually empty a third of the stomach contents, directly reducing calorie absorption. In the first year, patients could lose about 28% of their excess weight.⁶ This solution may not be recommended for those who have been previously diagnosed with an eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia.
Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, post, or video. All patients have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.
There are several different types of weight loss surgery one can consider when struggling with weight loss goals if one is an ideal candidate for such a procedure. You may already be familiar with or have heard of bariatric surgeries like gastric banding or gastric bypass. However, one of the newer methods is gastric sleeve surgery, and it has quickly become the top surgical method for weight loss.
With gastric banding, a small band is placed around the upper section of the stomach. The band helps create a smaller stomach and allows one to control the flow of food through the stomach. This procedure is rarely used today due to potential complications and ineffective weight loss results.
Gastric bypass surgery is where the stomach is essentially bypassed entirely. A section of the upper stomach is used to create a smaller pouch for food, and then connected to the small intestines, bypassing the part that absorbs most of the calories and nutrients. With fewer calories being absorbed, this translates to effective weight loss since the body must rely on fat stores to create energy.
Gastric sleeve surgery is where most of the stomach is removed, leaving only a small stomach. This procedure reduces the stomach by as much as 75% to 80% of its original size. The new, smaller stomach looks more like a banana.
This surgical procedure is minimally invasive since all that is being removed is part of the stomach. The area that is removed produces the hormones that regulate and control hunger. Since this part is being removed, hunger levels are greatly reduced. Afterward, you will still feel a sense of hunger—just not as severe or as often as you do right now.
The procedure does require a short hospital stay, as does gastric bypass surgery. Most patients spend between 24 to 48 hours in the hospital after their sleeve surgeries. However, one of the main benefits of the gastric sleeve method over the bypass is that there is less risk of complications overall.
Another benefit is that part of the small intestines is not bypassed, which means less nutritional Deficiencies and a faster recovery time.
After gastric sleeve, the average weight loss is between two and five pounds a week, with most patients losing an average of 70% of their excess body weight over a six to twelve-month period.
To learn more about gastric sleeve surgery and to see if this is the right bariatric surgery for you, please feel free to contact 1 St Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 today!
Disclaimer: This content is only for general information. All people should consult with their own doctors prior to following any of the procedures or recommendations mentioned in any article, blog post, or video. Each person has his or her own individual needs and limitations that only his or her treating physician is aware of.