There are two different types of bariatric surgeries you can consider when you want to lose weight but need help – Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve. Both procedures are best regarded as tools which enable the patient to alter lifestyle and eating habits and to achieve effective and permanent management of obesity and eating behavior.
There are key differences between the two procedures, in regards to how the surgery is performed. With gastric bypass, it is just that—the surgeon is bypassing the stomach by stapling part of it closed, then connecting it to your intestines. With gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy), rather than bypass the stomach entirely, a portion of it is removed during the surgery. The result is a sleeve or tube like structure. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach, although there could be some dilatation of the stomach later on in life.
Compared to gastric bypass surgery, gastric sleeve surgery is less invasive and typically takes less time to complete. The in-hospital recovery time for gastric sleeve surgery can be slightly longer than gastric bypass surgery. Yet, there are reduced risks for people who qualify for gastric sleeve surgery.
The following infographic by Bariatric Care Centers tells you more about bariatric surgeries and their risks, benefits, recovery time, weight loss, and more. Weight loss surgery of any kind does have its risks and potential for side effects and complications. It is in your best interests to consult with a qualified bariatric surgeon to help you make the most appropriate decisions.