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Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass? Whats the Difference?

Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass?

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Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass? Whats the Difference?

So, you have decided to undergo bariatric surgery, but cannot decide between gastric sleeve or bypass? You should know that both procedures are entirely different. Apart from the term “gastric”, the sleeve and bypass process shares minute similarities that are often overlooked by patients.

In rare cases, where individuals have not carried out research, they are either misdiagnosed or misled by the “doctors”. Such incidents don’t occur but who’s to say that it won’t happen to you? To avoid such unforeseen consequences of seeking bypass surgery, you should know a bit about both procedures.

Following are some of the differences between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgeries.

  • Gastric Sleeve – Basic Know How

In gastric sleeve, doctors divide the stomach into two parts. Part 1 is the actual “sleeve”. It is the size of a banana, while the remainder of the stomach is treated as part 2. Once the sleeve partitioning is installed, the remainder of the stomach is surgically removed forever.

As a result of this surgery, patients experience less hunger. Regardless, they can eat a wide variety of food items, and the stomach can help to not only digest the food, but also pass full amount of nutrients across the entire body system. In gastric sleeve surgery, doctors make several small incisions to keep the entire procedure as much minimally invasive as possible. This is usually a preferred method among both treatments.

  • Gastric Bypass – Basic Know How

Gastric Bypass is the second most popular bariatric surgery procedure. However, it is slightly complicated because a separate canal has to be created by the doctor. This canal / passage directly bypasses the stomach and joins the intestines for direct access in terms of helping the food to pass through.

Patients who have undergone this procedure reportedly experience less bloating. They feel that their stomach is full. Also, the amount of nutrients processed and absorbed by the body is less as compared to gastric sleeve surgery. The biggest benefit of gastric bypass is 80 – 90 percent rapid reduction in weight. This procedure is recommended to those people who want to get quick results, as opposed to the sleeve method.

You should know that both procedures involve going under anesthesia, which carries inherent risks for obese people. To help ensure a safe and sound experience, doctors suggest a pre-op surgery diet. This diet is liquid based, and it is supposed to be followed strictly several weeks in advance.

The effect of the diet is reduced fat percentage around both the liver and the spleen. As a result, anesthesia can be administered without involving potential risks for the patient and the doctor. For more details about both procedures, feel free to consult with a professional. Depending on your case, you may or may not qualify for gastric sleeve or gastric bypass for that matter.


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