Your weight loss surgery options should never be taken lightly. All surgeries come with serious risks, including death.
And while the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's data proves that weight loss surgery options have a very low mortality rate (just 0.13%), most doctors will only recommend bariatric surgery after other weight loss solutions have failed.
If you are obese, have at least one obesity-related illness like diabetes, or haven't found success with other weight loss methods, then you might qualify for one of the many weight loss surgery options available today. In fact, many obese Americans could even qualify for bariatric surgery insurance coverage.
So what are the most popular types of weight loss surgery? From lap band surgery to implants, keep reading to discover the groundbreaking new ways board certified bariatric surgeons are helping people like you lose weight and live healthier lives.
7 Types of Bariatric Surgery You Should Know About
There are three main categories of medical weight loss surgery options: restriction, malabsorption, and implantable devices.
1. Adjustable Gastric Band Surgery (a.k.a. Lap Band Surgery)
Like other types of restriction obesity surgery, lap band operations help people lose weight by restricting the amount of food that will fit inside the stomach. Today, bariatric surgeons will attach an adjustable lap band around the top of the stomach, which creates a smaller stomach area that can only hold a few ounces of food.
Some patients have lap band insurance approved by their insurance company, but only if they meet certain requirements. The FDA approved the gastric band for patients who meet two requirements: he or she must have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 and suffer from at least one obesity-related condition, like diabetes.
2. Gastric Bypass Surgery
Because gastric bypass surgery has been performed for more than 50 years, it's the most well-known type of weight loss surgery. The operation involves either removing a portion of the stomach or creating a smaller stomach area, sometimes combined with a malabsorption method to achieve additional weight loss results. To learn more about malabsorption, keep reading.
3. Roux-en-Y-Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery involves both stomach restriction and malabsorption. Not only is a portion of the stomach stapled, but a Y-shaped area of the small intestine is attached to the new stomach as well.
This causes food to bypass a portion of the intestines, which means the body absorbs fewer calories. Because this type of surgery causes people to both eat less and absorb fewer calories, it can lead to rapid weight loss.
4. Sleeve Gastrectomy (a.k.a. Gastric Sleeve Surgery)
A gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical procedure involves removing the outer portion of the stomach and then stapling the remaining portion shut. This creates a sleeve-shaped area that can help patients lose up to 80% of their body fat within 12 months.
Liposuction is an extremely well known and popular procedure for removing fat, but liposuction is not recognized as a viable weight loss or obesity surgery. That's an important distinction.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves sucking excess fat out of the body. While this can help people feel more confident in their body, it is not an alternative to genuine weight loss or obesity treatment.
6. Implantable Electronic Devices
This is a relatively new and unpopular type of weight loss surgery. Surgeons implant an electrical device that interrupts the signals between the stomach and the brain, helping to reduce appetite and food cravings.
A valved tube is inserted directly into the stomach, and after eating the patient would empty the contents of their stomach into a bag, then flush the partially digested meal down the toilet.
Olde Del Mar Surgical Can Break These Down For You
To better understand what kind of bariatric surgery you might qualify for, speak to the weight loss experts at Olde Del Mar Surgical. We have guided patients just like you to determine which procedure is right for them. We would love to hear from you!