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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the different kinds of bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics 15 years experience
Lots of options but: the most common in the US is still the roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The sleeve gastrectomy (or gastric sleeve) is fast on the rise, with good outcomes as well. The lap band, or adjustable gastric band, is another option but is falling out of favor due to complications/poor long term results. I personally have taken out more bands than put in. I recommend consultation with a good bariatric surgeon.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
There are three.: There's the LapBand, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass, in usual order of amount of weight lost from least to most.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 23 years experience
Best operation: There is no "best" operation. Different people do better with different operations. The gastric bypass is the gold standard and results in the most weight loss and best at curing diabetes. However, it may not be the right one for you. The sleeve gastrectomy is also very effective. The lap band is falling out of favor these days and only accounts for 8% of the weight loss operations done in the US.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

I was wondering what are the different types of bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
It is not a walk in: Procedure , what type depends on needs , one may need temporary reversible , ( adjustable ) lap band , some need gastric resection like, sleeve resection , or more complex gastric by pass , where small stomach pouch is created and connected with bowel loop ( rouex en "y" ) anastomosis . One has to get enrolled in a program first , get evaluated , non operative method first before under taking.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor performs bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Bariatric surgeon: While many general surgeons are able to perform bariatric surgery, bariatric surgeons focus in this area and often have additional training. Look for a bariatric surgeon who meets center of excellence criteria from a national surgical organization such as the american society for metabolic and bariatric surgery or the american college of surgeons.

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