Bariatric surgery is divided into 3 types. You may be asking yourself "which weight loss surgery is best for me?".
Reduxion Clinics offer the full range of weight loss treatments currently available in the UK and gives advice and support so you can find the one that is best suited to you taking into account your preferences, your eating patterns, your goals and any current medical conditions you may have.
Which weight loss surgery is best for me?
Bariatric surgery is divided into 3 types: restrictive surgery that helps the patient to eat less (stomach reduction); malabsorptive surgery that affects absorption (no or reduced absorption of certain nutrients); restrictive malabsorptive surgery, which is a combination of the two.
The gastric balloon is a procedure that reduces your stomach’s capacity for food.
Gastric bands and gastric sleeves are purely restrictive procedures in that they reduce the amount of food that can go into your stomach. The procedures work by decreasing appetite and making you feel full quickly. Both are performed using keyhole surgery.
Gastric bypass is also performed using keyhole surgery and is a restrictive malabsorptive procedure. The size of your stomach is reduced therefore restricting the amount of food that you can eat. The surgery changes the gut hormones that control appetite and satiety so patients feel less hungry. It also involves bypassing part of your small bowel which reduces the amount of food that can be absorbed. Due to lack of absorption this procedure requires the patient to take food supplements for life to avoid any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies.
The average excess weight loss after bariatric surgery depends on the type of surgery, your commitment to it and to your eating patterns. Research has shown that, on average, patients lose 20-30% of excess weight after gastric balloon, 50-60% after gastric banding and gastric sleeve, 60-70% after gastric bypass surgery.