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Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve Gastrectomy is a restrictive procedure that permanently reduces the size of the stomach by approximately 80 to 85 percent, but leaves the openings of the stomach intact. After the procedure the stomach is about the size and shape of a banana limiting the amount of food that can be consumed resulting in weight loss through limited caloric intake. Be sure to discuss this option in detail with your surgeon.

Gastric Bypass

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass was developed to restrict the amount of food and limit absorption. The stomach is converted to a small pouch that holds approximately 60 milliliters, equivalent to approximately 2 ounces of food. This limits the amount of food that can be eaten, yet leaves the patient feeling full and satisfied on very little food. Having less food naturally results in reduced caloric intake and weight loss usually follows. The small bowel is divided about two feet from the stomach of which one end is brought up and attached to the small stomach pouch. The other end of the small intestine is reconnected to the intestinal tract. This creates food being routed past most of the stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This reduces nutrient absorption. Be sure to discuss this option in detail with your surgeon.

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