Five Types of Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is a great solution when you need something more than diet or exercise to lose excess weight. Not only does it help with weight loss, but it can also help with health problems like high blood pressure and many serious health complications. You may find yourself enjoying a life you never thought possible.
Perfect Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
Weight loss surgery can greatly improve the lives of certain patients. You may be a good candidate for surgery if:
— You are between the ages of 16 and 65
— You have a BMI of 35 or greater
— You have a BMI of 30 or greater, plus a serious medical condition like diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, or heart disease
— You are willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes including diet and exercise.
Perfect Candidates for Bariatric Surgery
While there are different ways to perform weight loss surgery, each surgery will fall under one of three categories: malabsorptive, restrictive, or a mix of both.
Malabsorptive procedures change the way your whole digestive system works. Food skips over most of the stomach and some of the small intestine that takes in calories and nutrients. There are also hormonal changes, in where most metabolic syndromes, such as diabetes and high cholesterol can have better control by your body without the need of medications or requiring lower doses than before.
Restrictive procedures shrink your stomach to hold less food, making you less hungry overall. Other than a smaller stomach, the rest of your digestive system stays the same.
1. Gastric Sleeve
With this surgery, around seventy-five percent of your stomach is removed. What’s left of the stomach is sleeve-shaped, hence the name. Gastric sleeve surgery shrinks your stomach in order to quickly achieve a substantial amount of weight loss. Gastric sleeve decreases the hunger hormone (Ghrelin), as it is produced in high percentages on the removed part of the stomach, this offers a better control of what you will eat and help you take healthier and smarter choices when eating.
2. Gastric Bypass
A gastric bypass reduces the size of your stomach and reroutes food to go to your small intestines. During the operation, your stomach is divided in less than half. The surgeon will connect the upper part of the stomach directly to your small intestine.
Doing this means less food and calories are taken in, making it easier to lose weight. Weight loss tends to happen quickly and dramatically within the first six months. This surgery enhances insulin efficiency and quality. Type 2 diabetes can be controlled satisfactorily, in some cases without medication.
3. Gastric Band
Also known as a lap-band, this procedure shrinks the stomach, making you feel full. The surgeon uses an inflatable band to split the stomach into two parts with a small pathway between them. It doesn’t take a lot of food to start to feel full.
You can get the band adjusted afterward if you need it tightened or loosen. It’s probably the shortest and least invasive surgery.
4. Duodenal Switch
Duodenal Switch Surgery is an excellent option for patients needing to lose a significant amount of weight. A large portion of the stomach (approximately 70%) is removed so that it resembles a tube or sleeve. The intestine is them rerouted so the body has less time to absorb calories and fat. This is accomplished by connecting the end of the large intestine to the first section of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
5. Bariatric Revision Surgery
You probably won’t need this kind of surgery, but it’s good to know that it’s an option. A revision surgery helps correct or enhance the effects of previous weight-loss surgeries. You’d use this option if your previous operation failed, if there is weight regain years after previous surgery, secondary effects of previous surgery (such as acid reflux in sleeved or banded patients), or if there were complications.
Complications can include things like ulcers, scar tissue building up, bone loss, band erosion, band slipped, twisted sleeve or losing the ability to absorb vitamins.
What to Expect After Surgery
It’ll be a couple of days before you’ll be able to eat while you recover. As your stomach and digestive system will need time to heal.
You’ll start with a liquid diet to retrain your stomach on how to work. Slowly, your stomach will get used to working, and you’ll get back to eating solid food.
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
When performed by an experienced surgeon, bariatric surgery is safe. Dr. Alejandro Lopez is an accomplished physician and has overseen over 6,000 bariatric surgery procedures since 2005. ALO Bariatrics is a professional bariatric surgery practice in Mexico and Center of Excellence.
Feel Comfortable in Your Decision
If you’re thinking about getting bariatric surgery but still have more questions, come to ALO Bariatrics. Chief surgeon Dr. Alejandro Lopez has done over six thousand surgeries. He’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
Bariatric Surgery can be a new opportunity to enjoy your life. If you would like to learn more about bariatric surgery, complete the Book Online Form. ALO Bariatrics will be happy to provide you with an initial consultation to discuss options.
ALO Bariatrics is a leading bariatric surgery practice in Mexico offering weight loss surgery.