If you’ve struggled to reach and maintain a healthy weight, or if you have health conditions related to obesity, you may be considering bariatric surgery.
Bariatric surgery is very effective when completed as part of a comprehensive weight-loss program. It can not only help you lose a significant amount of weight, but it can also help to improve or completely resolve obesity-related conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Two of the most successful types of bariatric surgery are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. While both can result in significant weight loss within 1-2 years following surgery, there are differences between the two.
Here, I share 4 ways your bariatric surgeon decides which option is right for you.
1. We consider your overall health.
You must meet certain criteria to qualify for both gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. These criteria are based largely on:
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Certain obesity-related conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
- Overall quality of life
The difference is really the degree to which your obesity affects your health. If you’re struggling with a number of obesity-related conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, or if excess weight affects your ability to move or get around, you may achieve better results with gastric bypass.
Here is a look at the criteria for each weight-loss surgery option: