A procedure that helps you lose weight is called bariatric surgery. It is an option when you need to lose a lot of weight, especially if you improve your diet, become more active, and diet pills have not worked.
Two of the most common bariatric procedures are gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery.
There are similarities between the two procedures, but there are also fundamental differences.
This article will take a closer look at both surgeries and what they entail, including their pros and cons, and when to consider one over the other.
What’s the Difference Between These Two Surgeries?
Gastric sleeve surgery and gastric bypass surgery shrink the stomach from its normal size to a small pouch. This causes weight loss in two ways:
● The bag fills up quickly, limiting the amount of food you can eat before feeling full
● The amount of ghrelin, commonly known as "hunger hormone", is reduced
The two procedures differ in how the new gastric pouch is created.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
With gastric sleeve surgery, the surgeon permanently removes about 80% of the stomach.