What Are the Different Kinds of Bariatric Surgery?

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Well, now that you've come this far and you thought about having gastric bypass surgery, you decide you want to have it, you're mentally prepared to get this done, you still got choices to make, and you have to make a choice between different procedures, which one is going to be right for you, and your doctor has to take you down this road, and you have to [xx] walk this road together, and what I want to do right now is just to give you some of the choices you have and give a few of the strengths and weaknesses.

Number one, you probably heard a lot about the gastric band. Now, this is the safest procedure as far as complications or risk are concerned, but you only can be expected to lose about 40% of your excess weight. So it's not the strong weight loss deterrent as some of the others choice, but it is safer and you may consider that.

The other advantage of this particular procedure, the gastric band is that you can do the band and then you can also if you fail, you can do some other weight loss procedures. So, you have to decide is the gastric band for me. People who eat a lot of sweets and milk shakes and this kind of food, high colored food, very soft, you outeat the band.

So you really have to work a little harder as far as watching out for weight gain. Now, the next thing is the gold standard, is the one that you're going to hear the most about and the most frequently done, and that's the gastric bypass and we profile that operation to you, but let me give you some of the results you can expect.

That's the operation that I had. You can be expected to lose about 60 to 70% of your excess weight, in other words, if you're 100 pounds overweight, you'll be expected to lose 60 to 70 pounds and sustain that weight loss. So the gastric bypass, consistently and over long period of time, gives you that.

And I selected that and my BMI was at 56. And so therefore I went from 450 pounds to 290 pounds. I'm a still a big unit, but I'm healthier big unit. Now let's go, one of the most more radical approaches. It's called the duodenal switch. The duodenal switch has been embraced here lately because it's an operation for the super obese.

If you have a BMI of 60 and more, this operation's a little stronger operation. You can expect to lose about 80% of your excess weight, if your 100 pounds overweight, your going to loose 80 pounds and it's very consistent going now 10 years, 20 years or more, but here's the down side, it's more risky, especially as far as your nutrient of concern.

It's very difficult to manage the vitamin loss and a protein loss associated with this operation. So that's why either it is not as popular if you will, so this completes the review of your weight loss surgery options. You need to work with your doctor and consult with your family to decide which one is best for you.