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Gastric sleeve surgery — or gastric sleeve resection — is a newer type of weight loss surgery. It's less invasive, where your surgeon makes a few small cuts rather than one large one.
During gastric sleeve surgery, your surgeon:
The sleeve helps you lose weight because it limits the amount of food you can eat so you feel full sooner.
After gastric sleeve surgery, most people lose an average of 55 percent of their excess weight and have improved health.
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common form of weight loss surgery in the United States.
With the laparoscopic approach, your surgeon:
The smaller stomach restricts the amount of food you can eat; the bypass limits the calories your body can absorb.
The pros of this surgery include:
Open gastric bypass surgery involves making a cut in the upper stomach. This gives your surgeon direct access to the stomach and intestines.
During open gastric bypass, your surgeon:
Gastric bypass helps you lose weight because it:
For long-lasting weight loss, you'll need to commit to the post-surgery diet and lifestyle changes.