Although the purpose of all three weight loss surgeries we offer is to reduce appetite and portion size to ultimately help with weight loss, there are some key differences between these procedures. Below, we explain what you can expect from a gastric sleeve compared to a gastric bypass or band.
The gastric sleeve procedure is normally done as keyhole surgery and involves vertical removal of most of your stomach, which helps to control food intake. The gastric sleeve surgery is irreversible. A laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is sometimes recommended over other forms of bariatric surgery if a medical condition would rule them out.
A gastric bypass is where the top of the stomach is stapled to create a small pouch which is then connected to the small intestine. Because the pouch is smaller, and the rest of the stomach is bypassed, you will feel full after eating less. Hormones that stimulate satisfaction increase, and hormones that stimulate hunger decrease.
So, what about a gastric band versus gastric sleeve or bypass? One of the main differences is that a gastric band is less invasive than gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery. A band is placed around the top of the stomach, which stimulates nerve endings and tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. This helps you to feel satisfied on smaller portions. This involves follow up appointments to fill your band and keep the restriction as your band loosens around your shrinking stomach.
If you’re wondering whether a gastric sleeve compared to a gastric bypass or band is best for you, we advise booking a free consultation with one of our surgeon assistants to discuss your weight loss surgery options. They will be able to explain the pros and cons of bariatric surgery and help you find the best procedure for you and your body so that you can better manage your weight.
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