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Gastric Bypass or Gastric Sleeve: Which One Is for You?

A third of Ohioans are obese. And obesity increases your health risks for conditions like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, many cancers and stroke.

Medical weight-loss surgery (bariatric surgery) can help reduce obesity-related health risks. There are two types of weight-loss procedures performed at most accredited Bariatric Centers of Excellence, including OhioHealth: the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy. Both procedures are almost always performed laparoscopically (with small incisions), but each option has different advantages.

If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, this comparison can help inform your decision, but your physician will ultimately help guide you to the procedure that is best for you.

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

  • Patients lose on average 70% of extra weight.
  • Resolves Type 2 diabetes for about 75% of patients.
  • Restricts the amount of food that can be consumed.
  • Reduces appetite.
  • Commonly alleviates acid reflux (GERD).

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

  • Patients lose on average 50% of extra weight.
  • No cutting, bypassing or stapling of the intestines.
  • Less concern about vitamin and mineral absorption.
  • No adjustments or artificial devices put into place.

If you’d like to learn more about weight-loss surgery, view the OhioHealth Surgical Weight Management webinar or attend an in-person seminar. Our experts will be happy to speak with you about your options, and how to get started if you decide weight-loss surgery is right for you.

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