What is the difference between a Gastric Bypass and a Gastric Sleeve? By Juan Hidalgo on August 07, 2020

sleeve vs bypassAs soon as an obese person decide to have a change in their life through a bariatric surgery, they begin to wonder what is the best choice for them, but their main question is what is the difference between a Gastric Bypass and a Gastric Sleeve.

Having Weight Loss Surgery is an important decision many people make each year and there are so many surgeries to choose from. So, it is very important that a patient consult a specialist for an assessment to know which of the different procedure options is the one that would be the best or suitable for them according to their medical history and amount of weight they need to lose.

Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass Surgeries are two of the most common bariatric surgery options for obese people to lose weight and change their life. However, every surgery is specifically recommended to a patient depending on their BMI and medical situation. This is obviously because there are differences between these two surgeries:

Gastric Sleeve

  • It is recommended to patients with a BMI of 30 to 40
  • It is a safer and less complex procedure than the RNY
  • It limits ingestion of food and hunger
  • It does not cause nutritional deficiencies
  • Surgeon removes between 60 to 80% of the stomach lengthwise, leaving a sleeve shaped but functional stomach
  • It requires a diet and exercise regimen
  • It provides significant weight loss
  • It provides the overall quality of patient life


Gastric Bypass

  • It is recommended to patients with a BMI above 45
  • It is suggested for obese people who find it extremely difficult to lose weight with exercise, diet and medication.
  • It involves detaching a large portion of the stomach chamber, leaving only a small pouch for collecting food
  • It is a better surgery option than the sleeve if the patient eats a lot of sugar
  • It controls amount of food they can consume
  • Malabsorption promotes more weight loss
  • It reduces the amount of minerals the body absorbs
  • It requires a stricter supplementation and vitamin level monitoring than Sleeve
  • It has a higher risk of complications and side effects
  • It provides the overall quality of patient life
  • It is about 25% more expensive than Sleeve

Dr. Hidalgo who performs weight loss surgery at Weight Loss Team his bariatric surgical clinic in Puerto Vallarta Mexico really feels that if a patient has had success in the past with diets, the gastric sleeve can be a very good option for weight loss.  He also feels that if the patient has to lose 150 pounds or more, and eats a lot of sweets, then that patient should consider the RNY surgery.

Whatever surgery a patient decides to have, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery both are merely tools, not magic bullets. Surgery is the beginning of the patient’s weight loss journey. Most weight loss patients maintain successful weight-loss term, that is greater than 50% of their body excess. In addition to this, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass patients perceive improvement in quality of life because it does not only help them  lose weight, but it also helps with health diseases related to their obesity. Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Patients must be committed to the recommended healthy diet plan and habits life changing after surgery to be success.


For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:

Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Clinic of Dr. Juan F. Hidalgo

Website: www.weightlossteam.com/

Email: info@weightlossteam.com

Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911

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If you're ready to lose weight and sustain a healthy, happy lifestyle, contact our Puerto Vallarta practice by filling out our online form or calling 800-404-9064.

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