How do I choose the right weight loss surgery?

Yo-Yo-weight-LossIn my practice, I typically leave the choice of which bariatric surgery up to the patient. It is my responsibility to educate my patients ensuring they are well informed about surgical weight loss techniques and are making the right medical decisions for the proper weight reduction procedure, but I leave the final decision up to you. Many patients struggle tremendously deciding which bariatric operation is best for them, while others seem to be focused on one operation over the others. One way I summarize weight loss options for patients emphasizes the differences between the procedures.

Procedure

 

Considerations

 

Time Off Work

Gastric Bypass

The Gasric Bypass is the most common bariatric procedure performed in the United States. This surgery is almost always performed laparoscopically. Also called the Roux-en-Y Procedure is approximately a two to three hour procedure. The stomach is stapled into 2 pieces – Read More

  • Diabetics, heartburn sufferers
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Limited Mobility
  • Want the Most Effective Surgery

Willing to accept a small risk

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • Occasionally 4-6 Weeks

Gastric Band

The Adjustable Gastric Band (more commonly known as Lap-Band) is becoming an increasingly a less popular option for those exploring weight loss surgery options.  During this bariatric procedure, a silicone band with an inflatable bladder is wrapped around the upper portion of the stomach and sutured in place. – Read More

  • Young (less than 30), Active
  • Willing to Work Hard at Weight Loss
  • Knowledgeable about Nutrition and Exercise

Want the Safest Procedure

  • 1 Week

Sleeve Gastrectomy

The stomach is decreased to approximately 60-120 ml by one long staple line. The remainder of the stomach is removed. – Read More

  • Previous Abdominal Surgery
  • Recurrent Kidney Stones
  • No heartburn

Do not want adjustments or foreign object

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • Occasionally 4-6 Weeks

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