There are several different bariatric surgeries available today. At MultiCare, we perform two of those procedures, gastric bypass surgery and sleeve gastrectomy.
This procedure creates a small stomach pouch with a stapling device. A section of the small intestine is then attached directly to the pouch. This allows food to bypass a portion of the small intestine.
By creating a smaller stomach pouch, a gastric bypass limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. By bypassing a portion of the small intestine, your body also absorbs fewer calories. As you eat less food and absorb fewer calories, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy.
During the sleeve gastrectomy procedure, a thin vertical sleeve of stomach is created using a stapling device. The sleeve is about the size of a banana. The rest of the stomach is removed.
Like gastric bypass surgery, a sleeve gastrectomy creates a smaller stomach pouch. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten at one time, so you feel full sooner and stay full longer. As you eat less food, your body will stop storing excess calories and start using its fat supply for energy. Unlike a gastric bypass, however, this procedure does not bypass any of the small intestine, so it does not affect the calories you absorb from the food you eat.
Both of these procedures can be performed using laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery, which involves small incisions in the abdomen. That usually means a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, smaller scars and less pain than open surgical procedures.
Each surgery has its advantages, and you can learn more by reading our FAQ. Your surgeon will also discuss these procedures with you in detail, including risks and complications, and will recommend the surgery that is best for you.
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