What’s the Difference Between Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass?

Obesity has been linked to significant health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke or even cancer. If you are struggling to lose weight and your doctor recommends weight loss surgery to expedite the process, there are a few options, depending on your specific needs. Take charge of your health and improve your quality of life with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric bypass is reversible while gastric sleeve is permanent; both reduce hunger and lead to a high percentage of weight loss. But which one is right for you?

Gastric Bypass Surgery

During this procedure, your doctor creates a small pouch from your stomach, and makes a new connection from the pouch to your small intestine. This new connection actually bypasses a significant length of small intestine, therefore, decreasing the amount of calories that can be absorbed from food. In addition, this pouch is much smaller than a typical stomach, so it significantly decreases the amount of food you can eat at each meal.

This procedure reroutes your small intestine and decreases the amount of nutrients your body can absorb. Gastric bypass will help you achieve fast, long-term weight loss.

Benefits of gastric bypass surgery over gastric sleeve

  • Widely regarded as the gold standard weight loss option
  • Reduced calorie consumption
  • Results in larger initial weight loss
  • Sustains long-term weight loss results

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Unlike gastric bypass, gastric sleeve surgery permanently reduces the size of your stomach. During this procedure, your doctor will remove a portion of your upper stomach, leaving you with a smaller stomach that is roughly the size of a banana. The upper stomach is responsible for sending most of the “hunger hormones” or signals to the brain, so you are eating less because you are getting fewer hunger signals — and have a smaller stomach to fill.

Benefits of gastric sleeve surgery over gastric bypass

  • Less invasive, less complex procedure
  • Shorter hospital stay and faster recovery
  • Better natural digestion that does not cause deficiencies typically associated with bypass
  • Better option for high-risk patients with high BMI and/or medical issues like Crohn’s disease

When you contact Surgical Specialists of Carolina, our skilled surgeons will help you determine which gastric surgery is best for you. We want to improve your health, increase your longevity and improve your overall quality of life by providing skilled care before, during and after your procedure. Let us help you change your life for the better. Call us today at 828-585-2575 or use our easy online form.