Pros & Cons Of Weight Loss Surgeries: Are You Willing To Live The Lifestyle You Want?

Apr 30, 2023

If you struggle with obesity and related health issues, losing weight can become a challenging feat. For many individuals, diet, and exercise do not seem to make a major difference. Today, with the advancements in bariatric medicine, losing weight is becoming more and more convenient. Weight loss surgery, too, is becoming increasingly popular due to its effectiveness. 

If you meet the requirements of a weight loss surgery, you are much closer to living the healthy life you envision. But which bariatric surgery to choose for a better lifestyle? In this blog post, we will explain the pros and cons of each procedure to familiarize you with the available options. 

Which Weight Loss Surgery Should You Choose?

Your condition, medical history, and other factors will help determine which kind of bariatric surgery you should opt for. However, if you have to choose from two or more options, it is better to be aware of the essential facts regarding the procedure. This way, you will have the choice to pick the lifestyle you want. 

Here is a list of weight loss surgeries, along with their pros and cons: 

Lap Banding 

Lap banding is a simpler process in comparison to other surgical options. Although you will need to visit your healthcare provider for band adjustments, it will be easier to feel fuller soon with a tighter band. 

 Pros:

  • Low risk of serious complications after surgery 
  • Can potentially result in a loss of 40% to 50% in weight 

 Cons:

  • Slower weight loss
  • Requires strictly following a nutritional program 
  • Possibility of heartburn or reflux in case the band is too tight 
  • Slight risk of issues with the band 

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy involves removing much of the stomach, which makes it a complex procedure compared to a lap band. Since the bariatric surgeon will remove the part of your stomach that produces hunger hormones, you will notice a decreased appetite. 

   Pros:

  • Simple and low-risk weight loss method 
  • In some cases, the affected individual can have a second surgery if sleeve gastrectomy shows successful results — only if it is needed.  
  • Does not alter how your body absorbs food 

  Cons:

  • Irreversible procedure 
  • Risk of weight gain over time as the sleeve can dilate
  • Minor possibility of heartburn or reflux

Gastric Bypass 

This bariatric surgery involves creating a small pouch in the top section of the stomach. By doing so, gastric bypass helps reduce the stomach size, which means it will hold less food. Furthermore, the lower portion of the small intestine is attached to the small pouch.

Pros:

  • The restrictive calorie intake, along with absorption, helps achieve faster weight loss
  • Reversible
  • For morbid obesity, it is considered to be the gold standard treatment.
  • Noticeable weight loss

Cons:

  • Possibility of bleeding complications
  • The recovery time might be more than other bariatric surgeries 
  • Operating time is more compared to other weight loss procedures
  • Risk of dumping food syndrome 
  • Malabsorption might occur
  • NSAIDs are not allowed after the procedure 

Although there are other weight loss options, these are some of the common ones. Your bariatric team will let you know the pros and cons of each procedure and help you reach an informed, suitable decision. 

Choose the Lifestyle You Want!

If you are eligible for a weight loss procedure, it can allow you to live a healthy lifestyle. Still, there are certain pros and cons that you should be aware of. At Nova Bariatrics, we work hard to present you with a healthy and positive lifestyle. Visit us today for more information. You can also give us a ring at (469) 639-0953

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and General Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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