As you and your doctor discuss the right bariatric surgery for you, he or she may recommend a combination of two surgical approaches.
By combining the positive effects of restrictive and malabsorptive surgeries, your surgeon will reduce the size of the stomach and the length of the intestine during the same surgery.
Restrictive surgeries are those procedures that make changes to your stomach capacity, which means the amount of food you can eat before feeling full will decrease significantly.
The most common restrictive surgeries are:
Malabsorptive surgeries reconnect the stomach to the small intestine at a lower point so digestion begins later in your digestive tract. This reduces the amount of calories absorbed.
The most common malabsorptive procedures are:
Because both malabsorptive and restrictive surgeries offer certain benefits, oftentimes bariatric surgeries in combination is the safest and most effective strategy for weight loss.
To learn more about bariatric surgery, attend one of our free information sessions or talk to your doctor.