Which Type of Bariatric Surgery is Right for You?

When diet, exercise, and other types of weight-loss strategies have failed to produce desirable weight-loss goals, bariatric surgery offers a hopeful and often successful solution. 

At General and Vascular Surgery, Dr. Luis Benavente is known for helping patients explore bariatric surgery types to accomplish their personal goals. Dr. Benavente is as compassionate and friendly as he is knowledgeable and practiced in providing effective weight loss solutions. 

Exploring Different Bariatric Surgery Types

An overweight African American man wearing blue and black walks down a tree-lined path on a sunny day.Each type of bariatric surgery comes with its own benefits, but the ultimate goal of these collective weight-loss procedures is to encourage weight-loss as safely and effectively as possible. 

  • Gastric Bypass. For this procedure, a bariatric surgeon makes alterations to the stomach by creating a small stomach pouch at the top. The small intestine is then divided and strategically reattached. The result of these two approaches reduces overall food consumption and promotes gut hormones to help you feel more full. 
  • Adjustable Gastric Band. Gastric banding surgery, or “the band” as it’s often referred to, utilizes an inflatable band. The band is inserted around the upper stomach, producing a small stomach pouch. The outcome of the procedure restricts the amount of food that can be consumed and is considered one of the least invasive weight loss surgery methods, with less recovery time or potential complications. 
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy. The “sleeve” part of this surgical weight loss procedure refers to a pouch resembling a banana. During a sleeve gastrectomy, the bariatric surgeon removes an estimated 80 percent of the stomach. The remaining portion is placed in the banana-shaped sleeve. The procedure significantly reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, and patients experience rapid weight loss as a result. 
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch. BPD/DS (for short), is similar to a sleeve gastrectomy in that a portion of the stomach is removed. In this procedure, the bariatric surgeon also bypasses a large portion of the small intestine. This significantly reduces fat intake, encourages rapid weight loss, and helps to reduce appetite. 

Bariatric Surgery Risks and Potential Side Effects

Virtually all surgeries come with the risk of complications and side effects. Bariatric surgery side effects and risks vary depending on the type of procedure, but some potential issues may include:

  • Mechanical issues, especially with procedures involving a band or tube
  • Slow weight-loss rate
  • High rate of postoperative problems and need for re-operation
  • High probability of protein, vitamin, and mineral deficiencies (both short- term and long-term)
  • Elevated risk of serious complications (even loss of life) 

The best way to ensure a healthy, successful bariatric surgery recovery is to follow the explicit post-surgery guidelines of your bariatric surgeon — including long-term aftercare instructions. 

To determine what type of bariatric surgery is right for you, it’s best to schedule a consultation with a board-certified, expert bariatric surgeon.

If you’ve been considering bariatric surgery, set up a consultation with Dr. Benavente now. Or, call us any time with questions at 574-236-1888.

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