For years people who have struggled with their weight have found the gastric bypass the most popular option for weight loss surgery. That’s not the case any longer. According to a recently released study from the Cleveland Clinic, sleeve gastrectomy procedures now account for nearly half of all weight loss procedures performed in the United States.
The clinic’s findings were based on a study of some 72,000 patients who underwent bariatric surgery between 2010 and 2013. Back in 2010, the sleeve procedure amounted to only about 9.3 percent of all those performed while the gastric bypass held the lion’s share at 58.4 percent. By 2013, however, the tables turned with sleeve procedures accounting for 49 percent and bypasses only about 43.8 percent. Gastric banding was also counted, but it accounted for only 6 percent of all procedures in 2013.
The rise in popularity of sleeve procedures is being attributed to a number of factors. Firstly, this procedure has come into its own as far as research related to its safety and effectiveness are concerned. Secondly, the procedure is considered slightly less invasive than a gastric bypass. While both procedures involve the surgical removal of a portion of the stomach, the sleeve procedure does not involve the same intensity as the gastric bypass, which reroutes the digestive system a bit to promote weight loss.
The sleeve procedure involves the removal of a portion of the stomach. The remaining piece of the organ is then shaped into a sleeve with a banana-like appearance. This permanent alteration of the stomach is meant to promote weight loss by lowering the holding capacity of the stomach.
Bariatric procedures, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, are generally reserved for people who are considered severely obese or who have weight-related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes. To learn more about all the options, consult with a healthcare provider.