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Gastric Banding vs. Gastric Bypass Procedures

Published on August 17, 2011

The obesity epidemic in America has led many people to turn to weight loss surgery. While diet and exercise are effective, weight loss surgery gets results faster, which may be a critical point for people who are morbidly obese and dealing with many potential health problems related to their weight. These health problems include increased risk for heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure diabetes, certain kinds of cancers, and even respiratory disorders. If anything, the weight loss surgery is a means for a major change in lifestyle, which includes an altered and improved diet and also a reasonable exercise regimen. Many people who have undergone bariatric surgery have gone on to lead much happier and healthier lives.

When you come to the Orange County surgical weight loss center of Dr. Peter LePort and his highly trained medical team, we will be able to determine which bariatric surgery option is the right option for you. Our team here at Lite & Smart DIMENSIONS& has performed more than 8,000 individual bariatric surgery procedures, and we use this knowledge and expertise to assess each patients individual situation.

Generally there are two options for surgical weight loss: gastric banding and gastric bypass. Each of these surgeries has their unique features that are designed to help patients achieve safe yet rapid weight loss. We cant go into all the details here, but wed like to cover these matters briefly so patients have a good idea of what these surgical options involve. Wed be more than happy to answer any questions you have if you contact us.

Lets start with gastric banding surgery. Gastric banding surgery is known as a restrictive weight loss surgery, which basically means that the size of your stomach is restricted. This makes patients feel fuller faster, and hence they consume fewer calories than they normally would.

Next is gastric bypass surgery. Orange County gastric bypass surgery is considered a combined restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss surgery. The malabsorptive dimension means that the surgery alters your calorie absorption during the digestion process. The surgery achieves weight loss by surgically reducing the stomach size and bypassing part of the small intestine. Doing so will alter the amount of food that the patient is able to consume and also reduce calories that a patient is able to absorb into his or her body.

Now, each of these surgeries has their unique pros and cons. Both have been proven as safe and free from complications, though the question of invasiveness often gets brought up. Both gastric banding and gastric bypass are invasive surgeries, but the gastric banding surgery is less invasive since it does not require a bypass of a portion of the small intestine. This more conservative approach may be more desirable to some patients. There is also the gastric sleeve method to consider, which involves the permanent surgical alteration of a patients stomach but no bypass of the small intestine.

We cant possible determine which option would be best for you over the internet, so its important that you visit Lite & Smart DIMENSIONS& in person to find out more about these surgical options. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, contact our Orange County obesity and weight loss surgery practice today.

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