There are two classifications of weight loss surgery, namely:
Restrictive. This type of bariatric surgery involves making the stomach smaller. This way, it will be able to hold less food, thus reducing a person’s calorie-intake.
Malabsorption. This type of weight loss surgery involves making the intestine shorter so that food bypasses the intestine. This will lead to a reduced amount of nutrients absorbed, resulting in weight loss.
Under these two classifications are the types of weight loss surgery. Before choosing the surgery that best suits you, it’s important to understand the associated risks of each type of surgery.
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.