Gastric Sleeve Surgery Vs. Gastric Bypass Surgery
For patients who are curious about surgeries that can help them lose weight, you’re probably researching heavily into bariatric surgeries. Bariatric surgeries are designed to help patients lose weight. Two of the most common bariatric surgeries include gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery. Not only do both of these surgeries sound similar, but they both also accomplish the same thing which may make it difficult to understand the differences between the two. Though these surgeries are similar, they are not the same.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
The main difference between these two surgeries is the way that they’re performed on the patient. A gastric sleeve surgery in Miami is done laparoscopically which means a tiny lit scope with a small camera called a laparoscope is used during surgery. A few small incisions are made in the abdomen to make room for the laparoscope and other small tools. About 80 percent of the stomach is removed resulting in a banana-shaped stomach. Because the stomach is much smaller, the patient’s caloric intake is greatly reduced and their diet is completely changed leading to major weight loss.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery in Miami is the more invasive option compared to a gastric sleeve. It’s an open surgery where the surgeon uses a portion of the stomach to create a small pouch that connects to the small intestine. The part of the stomach that is bypassed is still attached to the small intestine but it’s further down so it can still provide acid and digestive enzymes. However, the small pouch is where the food goes which allows the food to bypass the stomach and go directly to the intestines. This reduces the absorption of calories which results in weight loss.
Because the gastric sleeve surgery is less invasive than the gastric bypass, patients can typically head home 1-2 days after the procedure. For patients who receive a gastric bypass surgery, they will be in the hospital for 4-5 days. A gastric bypass will also result in scarring since as it is an open surgery. A gastric sleeve surgery leaves little to no scarring since the incisions are small.
Both surgeries reduce the size of the stomach, restrict the amount of food that can be consumed and reduce the amount of ghrelin, which is also known as the hunger hormone. To learn more about bariatric surgery, set up a free consultation with plastic surgery in Miami at Seduction Cosmetic Center.