Choosing which bariatric surgery is right for you can depend on a wide variety of things. One surgery is right for every individual. You will speak with your doctor and educate yourself on the different options available to you and then make a decision.
I’ve changed my mind on this a few times but I think I’ve finally made a decision.
So in the beginning of my research I wanted the gastric-band. I figured it was the least invasive and reversible if needed. But after seeing how it was put in your stomach and that there was constantly a pump that need to be filled or adjusted, I changed my mind. Further research lead me to hearing stories of slippage of the band… that’s when your stomach could slip up through the band and be really painful. Eek. That was just not for me.
Then I thought, well, the sleeve is less drastic of a biological change than the gastric-bypass, so I’m going to get that done. And there really wasn’t anything that scared me off of the sleeve. I think it is a great choice but I believe the benefits of the gastric by-pass out weigh those of the sleeve, for me.
After scouring the internet, going to the seminar at St. Agnes Hospital, and speaking with my nutritionist, I have decided that I want the RNY gastric-bypass surgery. All of these sources say that research has shown that it is more effective, especially for patients who have PCOS (which I have) or diabetes. Gastric by-pass works by creating a little pouch out of the upper stomach and attaching your small intestine to it. This way, when you eat food you get restriction (your new pouch is around the same size as a walnut) and malabsorption (caused by re-routing your intestines). See the video below for a short animation of what the surgery is.
What I’ve found from my research:
- Gastric by-pass is the most common bariatric surgery performed in the US.
- Long-term data shows that it is more effective than sleeve or band
- It is the recommended surgery for patients with diabetes, insulin resistance, and/or PCOS
- It has 2 methods to reduce calories: malabsorption and restriction
Sure, each surgery has different risks or possible complications, but after much debate, I believe that gastric by-pass is the best choice for me.