If you’re considering a weight loss procedure make sure to pick the right one for you. We have added a bit of information on each one below to help you decide.
The Roux-en -Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB), referred to as simply ‘Gastric Bypass’ is considered the most common bariatric procedure in the U.S. It works by restricting food intake and how food is absorbed. A small stomach pouch is created by separating it from the rest of the stomach. This new, small stomach pouch, allows you to feel fuller and more satisfied with much less food consumption. Additionally, the new stomach pouch is connected to a lower portion of the small intestine, bypassing the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum), which would normally have absorbed some of the calories from food.
The sleeve gastrectomy procedure limits the amount of food that can be consumed by drastically reducing the size of the stomach. The procedure removes approximately 80 percent of the stomach. The remaining portion of the stomach resembles the size of a banana. Sometimes this procedure is the first step before other surgical procedures are performed, like gastric bypass or BPD-DS.
Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB)
The adjustable gastric band limits the amount of food intake, by placing a small inflatable band around the top portion of the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch that allows you to feel fuller and satisfied with much less food consumption. This band can be adjusted gradually over time through a port that is placed just under the skin.