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Weight Loss Surgery: The 5 Types of Bariatric Surgery

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Weight Loss SurgeryFrom diminished self-esteem and insecurities to health concerns and discomfort, excessive body fat can harm your physical and mental health. If you’ve been trying to lose weight with traditional methods, like diet and exercise, to no avail, we understand how frustrating it can be. However, weight loss surgery may be your long-awaited solution!

At BMI Surgery, we make weight loss simple with safe, effective bariatric surgeries. In this blog, we’re discussing the five types of weight loss surgery so that you can learn a little bit more about each treatment and all the opportunities available to you. Don’t waste any more time on weight loss gimmicks; discover real results with BMI Surgery and start living a healthier, happier life.

The 5 Types of Weight Loss Surgery

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Since 1967, laparoscopic gastric bypass has been a tried and true method for weight loss. With gastric bypass, the stomach becomes a smaller pouch and is then attached to the small intestine, meaning this procedure combines a restrictive and malabsorptive approach. In layman’s terms, not only will your stomach be able to hold less food, but also limit the amount of calories absorbed.

Orbera Gastric Balloon®

If you’re looking for a less permanent solution to get you on track, the Orbera Gastric balloon may be right for you. Your surgeon will place a balloon inflated with saline in your stomach to increase feelings of fullness and help you navigate proper portion sizes. The balloon inflates to the size of a grapefruit but is then removed around six months after your initial operation.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

Sleeve gastrectomy, also called gastric sleeve, is one of the most popular weight loss surgeries at BMI Surgery. It relies on the restrictive method, shrinking your stomach to about two-thirds of its current size. That way, you can achieve feelings of fullness with fewer calories. At BMI Surgery, we offer laparoscopic gastric sleeves, which reduces hospital time, recovery, and overall risks.


Like gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND is performed laparoscopically and reduces the size of your stomach. However, as the name suggests, during LAP-BAND, your surgeon will place a band around the upper portion of your stomach, thereby creating a smaller upper stomach without permanently alternating it. Your surgeon can also adjust the stomach size by injecting more or less saline into the ring through a skin port.

Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Lastly, BMI Surgery offers revisional weight loss surgery. While uncommon, patients may slip into old habits, resulting in weight gain and other complications. Revisiting weight loss surgery can reverse or alter any previous surgeries if needed. However, to undergo revisional weight loss surgery, you must meet specific requirements to ensure any weight gain is, in fact, related to surgery, not overeating. For more information about revisional weight loss surgery, contact one of our friendly team members.

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass 101: Answering Your Top 5 Questions

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Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

It’s estimated that nearly 262,892 people underwent weight loss surgery in 2021, and numbers are predicted to keep rising. While weight loss surgery may seem like the latest and greatest technique to lose weight, it dates back to 1954 when Dr. A.J. Kremen and his team performed the first form of bariatric surgery—-gastric bypass surgery.

After making a few adjustments in 1967 and later in the 1990s, gastric bypass has stood the test of time. Because of this, gastric bypass is a tried and true method for those wanting to lose a significant amount of weight.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass 101

If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery but weren’t sure if it’s just a fad, look no further than gastric bypass! The experts at BMI Surgery are taking an in-depth look at gastric bypass surgery and if it’s right for you.

What Is Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

Gastric bypass, also called the Roux-en-Y procedure, is performed laparoscopically through small, precise incisions. During a laparoscopic operation, the surgeon will insert a tiny camera and surgical instruments into the incisions. With these minimally invasive techniques, many patients experience fewer complications, less hospital time, and a quicker recovery.

How Does Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Work?

As you may have guessed, Roux-en-Y is a French term, which means in the shape of a Y. Gastric bypass works by dividing the stomach and the small intestine and then joining the segment together to create a Y shape.

Gastric bypass combines two techniques for weight loss: restriction and malabsorption. First, your surgeon will section off your stomach, which forms a small pouch. This pouch is your new and improved stomach and is smaller than the original size, so it restricts the amount of food it can hold. Then, the pouch is joined to a lower segment of the small intestine, which decreases the absorption of calories from your food. What’s more, is that this procedure usually only takes one and a half to two hours.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the illustration below. You can see where food and digestive juices flow and look closer at the renowned Y shape.

gastric bypass illustration

What Is Recovery Like After Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

On average, 60-80% of excess body weight is lost two years following gastric bypass. Gastric bypass is highly effective for weight loss, but supporting your weight loss during recovery and beyond is essential.

After laparoscopic gastric bypass, you’ll most likely eat a few bites of food and feel full, which leads to significant and quick weight loss. Since your body isn’t absorbing all the nutrients in the small intestine, following your doctor’s instructions about supplementing your diet with oral vitamins and minerals is important.

Beyond that, you’ll recover as you would from any other surgery—slow and steady. We recommend following a healthy diet and beginning light exercise as soon as you feel up to it. Check out this blog for more information about preparation and recovery for laparoscopic gastric bypass.

What Is the Difference Between Gastric Sleeve and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

Great question! Gastric sleeve is another popular weight loss surgery and removes about 80% of the stomach to restrict calorie intake. The gastric sleeve isn’t malabsorptive like laparoscopic gastric bypass and doesn’t involve the small intestine. In the image below, you can see a side-by-side comparison of these two weight loss surgeries.

Gastric sleeve vs gastric bypass bariatric surgery weight loss infographics

Both techniques are proven effective for weight loss, and which you choose depends on your personal needs. For example, gastric bypass may be better for those who suffer from acid reflux. On the other hand, gastric sleeve may be better suited for patients with high-risk medical conditions since it typically takes less time under anesthesia.

Luckily, you don’t have to decide which is right for you! Of course, you’ll always have the final say, but your surgeon can recommend which weight loss surgery suits your needs and will provide you with the results you desire.

Who Is a Candidate for Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass?

If you’re interested in weight loss surgery, you’ll undergo a complete evaluation and consultation with your weight loss surgeon to ensure your safety.

However, there are a few general requirements for bariatric surgery, including

  • BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or more
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 or more with weight-induced medical conditions (hypertension, diabetes, etc.)
  • Documented attempts of diet and exercise for weight loss
  • No indication of alcoholism or drug use

If you’re curious about your Body Mass Index, check out our BMI calculator. It’s quick, easy to use, and can estimate your BMI in seconds. It’s important to note that this number isn’t a fool-proof method, and you should always consult your doctor about wanting weight loss surgery.

Lose Weight with Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

If you’ve been trying to lose weight to no avail, gastric bypass may be your long-awaited solution! With years of refining, bariatric surgery is a proven method to help you achieve your dream body—whether you choose gastric sleeve or laparoscopic gastric bypass.

If you’re interested in becoming the best version of yourself, learn more about weight loss at BMI Surgery! With years of experience, we’re dedicated to helping you find a weight loss solution that’s right for you.

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Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and beyond, BMI Surgery offers effective, affordable weight loss surgeries. If you’d like to learn more about weight loss surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experts. Call us at (205) 833-6907 or contact us online today!