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How to pick a Bariatric Procedure

How to pick a Bariatric Procedure

So which bariatric procedure is right for you? There are many bariatric procedures you can choose from. Some include the Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Mini Gastric Bypass, Gastric Band, Gastric Balloon, Duodenal Switch, and more. Each procedure has its nuances and different expected results.

  • Current BMI
  • Age
  • Health History
  • Previous Procedures

At TreVita, we only provide the most effective bariatric procedures for our patients. We’ll discuss the differences between the bariatric procedures to help you select the best procedure.

Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (aka “Gastric Sleeve”)

The Gastric Sleeve aka Sleeve Gastrectomy or VSG surgery is a restrictive procedure performed on the stomach. This weight loss procedure consists of making the stomach into a long tube (or “sleeve”). Then the doctor will remove two-thirds of the stomach. This supplies for a faster and more prolonged satiety and decreased appetite. The smaller stomach pouch limits your food intake by allowing a restricted amount of food to be eaten at once.

Recovery time: 2-3 weeks
  • Eliminates your desire to eat as much or as often.
  • Simpler procedure than other options (resulting in lower complications).
  • Your stomach will continue to function normally.

How it works:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery (RYGB)

The Gastric Bypass (aka RNY) is one of the most practiced and studied weight loss procedures. A small pouch is segmented from the remaining stomach tissue. This creates a new stomach about the size of a golf ball and no bigger than a tennis ball. A section of the small intestines known as the jejunum is then rerouted to the newly created pouch. This bypasses the stomach and duodenum.

  • Reduces the amount of food that can be consumed
  • Leaves you with a feeling of satiety (sense of fullness)
  • Effective, consistent way of losing weight and keeping it off
How it works:

illustration of gastric bypass

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery (OAGB)

Mini Gastric Bypass Surgery (MGB) is a bariatric procedure that can be revised. It is very similar to the traditional Gastric Bypass. The only difference is that the Mini Bypass has one connection to the small intestine (instead of 2).

The procedure forms a tube-like pouch that can hold about 1-2 ounces. This restricts the amount of food that can be taken in at one time. The small intestine is then attached to the new pouch approximately 6-7 feet from the starting point. This placement will help to bypass the part of the intestines, so that less calories, nutrients, and fats will be absorbed by the body. This process leads to weight loss.

Recovery time: 1-2 weeks

  • Reduces amount of food that can be consumed.
  • Leaves you with a feeling of satiety (sense of fullness).
  • Effective, consistent way of losing weight and keeping it off.

How it works:

stomach before and after a mini gastric bypass

In conclusion, this information can provide context on why your doctor might select a certain procedure for you.

To see if you qualify for any type of bariatric surgery, click the button below. Otherwise, feel free to contact our team today if you have any questions. We’ll respond within 24 hours.

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