What Are the Safest Types of Bariatric Surgery?

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The Safest Bariatric Surgeries

If you are significantly overweight or medically obese, bariatric surgery can be the beginning of a whole new life for you. Bariatric surgeries encourage significant weight loss by reducing the capacity and size of the stomach, and, in some cases, limiting caloric absorption by rerouting the digestive tract.

As with any surgical procedure, patients are subject to a degree of risk when undergoing weight loss surgery. However, the potential benefits of weight loss surgeries, which include the reduction or elimination of comorbid conditions for those whose health has been threatened by excess weight, often outweigh the risk of complications.

Patients who contact Tijuana Bariatric Center always want to know what the safest types of bariatric surgery are for their unique needs. Our facility in Tijuana, Mexico offers obese patients a high rate of surgical success, thanks to the skill and experience of our surgeons. While all bariatric procedures are safe under the care of our doctors, surgeries that only involve the reduction in stomach size and are less invasive to the digestive system are inherently less risky than those that also include rerouting of the small intestine to decrease nutrient absorption. The following are considered the safest types of bariatric surgeries.

LAP-BAND®

Also known as gastric banding LAP-BAND® surgery is considered the least invasive form of bariatric surgery. This procedure does not require the removal of any stomach tissue or the rerouting of any intestinal organs, so there is less risk of nutrient deficiency.

Instead, your surgeon places an adjustable inflatable band around the top part of the stomach to divide it into two portions, reducing capacity so patients feel fuller faster. This system slows the digestive process so you feel fuller for longer. Although this surgery is completely reversible, it is performed less often than it was a decade ago as the band has a tendency to fail over time. Patients lose a smaller amount of weight than with other procedures and are more likely to regain excess weight in the long run.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve (SILS)

Another minimally invasive bariatric surgery technique is the single incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS). During this procedure, about 80% to 85% of the patient’s stomach is removed to reduce stomach capacity and minimize hunger to make weight loss easier.

Although the results are the same as those of a traditional gastric sleeve procedure, this is a safer technique because it uses laparoscopic surgical tools that only require one small incision by the belly button, rather than four or five incisions.

This option is ideal for overweight patients with a BMI of 39 or below. It’s also recommended for patients who have had multiple abdominal surgeries and may not be able to undergo intestinal rerouting, as well as high-risk patients who have severe heart disease or lung problems. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is often performed as an initial procedure for patients who weigh over 450 pounds to accomplish initial weight loss and make rerouting of the intestines safer.

Gastric Sleeve Plication Surgery

Gastric sleeve plication surgery reduces the capacity of the stomach without actually removing any stomach tissue. During this procedure, a fold is created within the stomach to reduce capacity by as much as 75%. Gastric sleeve plication is a less-invasive bariatric option because it preserves stomach tissues and leaves the digestive tract unaltered. However, it’s technically difficult, so our surgeons at Tijuana Bariatric Center do not perform it often.

SADI-S

Morbidly obese patients with an excessively high body mass index (BMI) have a safer surgical alternative called SADI-S (single anastomosis duodenal sleeve). This bariatric procedure is less invasive than a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass yet provides excellent weight loss results. Also known as SIPS, this procedure involves creating a gastric sleeve along with a malabsorptive portion that reroutes a portion of the small intestine. The main benefit of this surgery is that only intestinal anastomosis is made, resulting in a shorter surgery time and a reduced risk of intestinal leakage.

Which Bariatric Surgery is Best for You?

When diet and exercise fail to provide patients with the weight loss results they desire, bariatric surgery may be the ideal solution. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center will perform a thorough review of your health and weight history to determine which procedure will be the safest for you.

Contact us today at 800- 970-0577 to schedule your free, virtual consultation.

Author: Dr. Fernando Garcia Govea

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Garcia is a highly qualified surgeon, and has more than eight years of bariatric treatment experience and two decades in the medical field. His experience (10,000+ procedures) helps him work with all patients including those with a BMI of 80 or higher to improve their quality of life.

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