Bariatric Surgery is a medical procedure that helps people who have severe obesity lose weight by making changes to their stomach and intestine areas. Weight loss surgery is now one of the leading tools that people choose to help them lose weight and keep it off. Even when these kinds of surgeries are considered as possibly the best cure for morbid obesity, giving the patients the ability to lose between 60 and 90% of their excess weight, bariatric surgery is still only a tool for the patients to use to help them succeed. Weight Loss Surgery patients often ask themselves however what is the best tool for them? Or, in other words, what is the best bariatric surgery for weight loss?
There are a handful of different weight loss surgery options from the outdated lap-band and gastric balloon surgery to the current options such as the Gastric Sleeve Surgery, RNY Gastric Bypass, Mini Gastric Bypass, and even the Duodenal Switch surgery. Most obese people choose to undergo a bariatric procedure having as their main goal weight loss and a healthy new lifestyle. That said most don’t know which surgery is right for them; however, each patient should be well informed prior to their surgery and this information may help the patient find the right procedure according to their medical conditions ad situations.
There is a variety of existing bariatric surgery that help with weight loss in different ways:
- Restrictive Surgeries
These surgeries work by shrinking the size of the stomach and slowing down the patient’s digestion. They will have less space for food retention and will feel fuller soon after eating a small amount of food. The idea is that the smaller the stomach, the less the patient will eat and that will help them lose weight faster.
There are different types of restrictive surgeries for weight loss, the most common are:
Adjustable Gastric Banding (outdated)
Gastric Balloon (outdated)
Gastric Sleeve (currently best option today)
- Malabsorptive / Restrictive Surgeries
These kinds of surgeries change how patients take in and process their food. These surgeries work by giving patients a smaller stomach and also removing or bypassing part of their digestive tract which makes it harder for their body to absorb calories.
There are different types of Malabsorptive / Restrictive surgery options:
Mini Gastric Bypass
Gastric Bypass RNY
Duodenal Switch (not recommended due to long term health issues that present years after surgery)
The best and ideal Bariatric Surgery for any patient will depend on their health, weight, and comorbidities such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea etc. as well as their BMI or amount of weight they will need to lose. The patient must learn the pros and cons of each procedure. If a patient has a BMI of under 45 they may be very successful with a restrictive surgery like the gastric sleeve surgery especially if they have had success in the past with diets. If the patient's BMI is over 45 then they may want to consider a malabsorptive surgery such as the Mini Bypass or the RNY as these surgeries allow for a greater amount of weight loss and are ideal for higher BMI patients. Patients should always seek out a medical center that specializes in bariatric surgery; for example the leading bariatric surgery center in Mexico, Weight Loss Team the Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital located in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Qualified bariatric surgery centers will help the patient get through surgery with fewer chances of complications and better weight loss results. Finding the right bariatric surgery requires a discussion between the patient and their surgeon based on their individual situations taking into account all the factors and their follow-up requirements.
For more information regarding Clinics/ Hospitals and Weight Loss Options mentioned in this article:
Weight Loss Team – Bariatric Surgery Center at the CMQ Riviera Nayarit Hospital
Telephone: Toll free 1(800) 404-9064 or + 1(818) 949-6911