Although the validity of the body-mass index (BMI) is sometimes called into question because it doesn’t account for muscle-bound or heavy-boned adults, when your BMI is over 40, you’re severely obese. You probably don’t need to calculate your BMI to confirm it, and your degree of being overweight has already made your life more difficult than it should be.
You’ve probably already tried more diets than you can count, yet you still can’t reliably and sustainably lose enough weight. Your doctor may recommend bariatric surgery so you can quickly and safely lose the excess pounds that endanger your health and increase your risk of:
At Slim Vegas Bariatric & General Surgery in Las Vegas, Nevada, our fellowship-trained bariatric specialist, Jon Williams, MD, expertly performs both gastric sleeve and gastric bypass to help you attain and maintain a healthy weight. Our team also helps you choose the right procedure for your needs.
What’s the difference between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass? Here’s a brief description, including the pros and cons of each procedure.
Gastric bypass surgery, sometimes called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, is the gold-standard for bariatric surgery. It’s the most commonly performed bariatric surgery in the world, and about 70% of bariatric weight-loss surgeries in the United States are gastric bypasses.
When you undergo gastric bypass, your surgeon creates an egg-sized pouch out of the top of your stomach, which is where your food goes after you’ve chewed and swallowed. Because this portion of your stomach is now so small, you feel full sooner and can’t overeat.
The small stomach pouch is connected to a portion of your small intestine, which has also been divided. Once your stomach pouch has finished its portion of digestion, the food then passes into the small intestine.
However, the rest of your stomach still has a role to play. We leave it in place and connect it to the other portion of the intestine that we divided. In this way, you get the advantage of all of the stomach acids and enzymes to help you digest and process the food as it moves through the rest of your system.
Gastric bypass is the preferred surgery when severe obesity affects your day-to-day life. It helps resolve metabolic syndrome. It’s also the best surgery to help you become ambulatory again if your weight has made it difficult or impossible to walk without assistance.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a simpler procedure. Instead of rerouting your stomach and intestines, your doctor staples off a small section of your stomach and removes the portion of the stomach that you’ll no longer use.
The area of your stomach is drastically reduced — like a narrow sleeve — so you can’t overeat. You also feel full and satisfied with smaller portions.
If you’re not sure which type of surgery would be best for you, there’s no need to stress. During your consultation, we look at your overall health as well as any other medical issues or concerns you may have. We recommend the surgery we think matches best with your needs.
Are you ready to lose weight safely, effectively, and permanently? Contact the Slim Vegas team for gastric bypass or gastric sleeve. Just call or use our online scheduling form today.