Gastric Sleeve Surgery
In gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, 80 to 85 percent of the stomach is removed. The remaining tissue is then turned into a tube or a “sleeve” resembling the shape of a banana.
Aside from making it smaller, gastric sleeve surgery also removes the part of the stomach responsible for appetite. This means that the patient will feel less hungry and will become full much quicker than before. This surgery also improves a person’s insulin resistance, which can be extremely helpful for those who are overweight and suffering from diabetes.
Gastric sleeve surgery may be ideal for people who are:
Taking medications for mental disorders. Gastric sleeve surgery is a restrictive type of weight loss surgery, which means that it won’t get in the way of the digestive system’s capacity to absorb nutrients or medication.
Considered high-risk for other conditions. If you’re wondering what is the safest form of weight loss surgery, then the answer is gastric sleeve surgery. Those with heart or lung problems may opt for this surgery as its recovery period is much shorter.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery, also known as “Roux-en-Y” gastric bypass surgery, involves making a small pocket at the top of the stomach. This acts as the new stomach which will receive food. A smaller “pouch” or stomach means a person will feel full much quicker.
Additionally, a part within the small intestine is directly connected to the pouch so that when a person eats food, it bypasses 90 to 95 percent of the stomach. This will result in the body absorbing fewer nutrients and losing weight.