How Do You Know What Type of Bariatric Surgery Is Right for You?

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Bariatric surgery  helps people  lose excess weight. It is recommended for obese people who haven’t been able to lose weight via diet plans or exercises. Your doctor might discuss weight loss surgery with you if you are morbidly obese  and  have obesity-related health problems like sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.

This surgery involves certain changes to the digestive system that help you lose weight gradually over a period of few months. The change in the digestive system  either reduces your ability to absorb certain nutrients or reduce the amount of food you can take and, in some cases, both.

There are several types of bariatric surgery but what will work best for you will depend on several factors, including your general health, other existing problems like Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and certain other factors.

What Types of Bariatric Surgeries are Available?

There are several types of bariatric surgeries available. Still,gastric bypass is the common and most preferred type of surgery.

  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS):

This weight loss surgery is less common and has two major steps –

The primary step of this surgery is also known as sleeve gastrectomy in which about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a banana shaped stomach. The final step of this surgery is bypassing most of the intestine to the duodenum, located close to the stomach.

This surgery reduces the quantity of food you intake and also the amount of nutrients (generally fats and proteins) you absorb are decreased.

  • Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty:

This is the latest type of weight loss surgery in which your stomach’s size will be reduced with the endoscopic suturing device.This surgery limits the food intake so that you will lose weight significantly after the completion of this surgery.

  • Gastric Bypass:

Gastric bypass is a common type of weight loss surgery also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. During this procedure, your doctor will separate the parts of your stomach to create a small pouch. Then, when you intake food, it will pass from the small pouch of the stomach to the small intestine without passing within the majority of the stomach and the initial part of the small intestine.

  • Intragastric Balloon:

In this procedure, your surgeon will fix a silicon-made saline-filled balloon in your stomach. This surgery will help you lose weight because the quantity of food eaten is limited andwill make you feel full faster.

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy:

This weight loss procedure is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Around 80% of the stomach is removed in this surgery. This surgery converts the stomach into a small tube that holds less amount of food and you will feel full even with small portions.

What Results Can You Expect After the Bariatric Surgery?

Results are different for each type of bariatric surgery. They are as follows –

  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch (BPD/DS):

Patients can lose up to 70-80% weight within the first two years. But the weight loss entirely depends on your lifestyle and food habit.

  • Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty:

After this surgery, you can lose the maximum amount of weight within a few months. According to the studies, a patient can reduce 17 kilograms with 38 body mass index in just six months and 19 kilos in a year which is twelve months.

  • Gastric Bypass:

This surgery will help you in a long-term weight loss process. The weight loss depends on the surgery and your lifestyle as well as food habits. Patients can lose up to 60%-80% weight in just two years after the completion of the surgery.

  • Intragastric Balloon:

After this surgery, patients can lose up to 10-15% weight within just six months.

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy:

After this surgery, you can lose up to 60% weight which can be maintained if you follow a healthy lifestyle, diet, as well as exercise.

How Do You Know Which Surgery Is Ideal For You?

Which type of bariatric surgery is ideal for you will depend on your health and doctor’s recommendation. You can expect to lose about 60-70% ofexcess body weight after the weight-loss surgery. However, the treatment is quite expensive because the cost depends on several factors like the type of surgery, chosen hospital, follow-up procedures, and more. So, contact your doctor if you are planning for weight loss surgery.