Bariatric surgery has long been a proven option to help people who are obese gain an edge on weight permanently. While the gastric bypass procedure has traditionally been the most popular choice for helping those considered morbidly obese get their weight and health concerns in check, gastric sleeve procedures are gaining ground. While both procedures are similar in their aim and, to an extent, in their design, there are some marked differences that are making more people choose sleeve procedures.
Gastric bypasses involve two major surgical steps. The first involves the reduction in the holding capacity of the stomach, generally through stapling. The second involves a rerouting of digestion to reduce caloric absorption. These two invasive moves combined have been proven to help people lose a dramatic amount of weight and keep it off.
Gastric sleeve procedures are similar in that they involve the shrinking of the stomach’s holding capacity. This procedure, however, calls for the surgical removal and reshaping of the stomach to resemble a banana or a sleeve. During the procedure, the portion of the stomach that produces hunger-causing hormones is also removed. Although still quite invasive, sleeve procedures are considered a little bit less so than gastric bypasses. The results of the procedure tend to be quite positive. Patients generally experience a dramatic loss of excess weight in an amount that rivals the bypass. The procedure is preferred by some since it is a little less involved than a bypass. It may also help patients avoid concerns with nutritional deficiencies that sometimes arise with bypasses.
Gastric bypasses are still the most common weight loss procedures performed. Sleeve procedures are fast gaining ground. Both offer lasting weight loss benefits that can help people who are obese gain better control of their health. People who are interested in bariatric surgery are urged to discuss all options with a qualified healthcare provider.