Watch Dr. Francisco Gonzalez, a renowned bariatric surgeon in Tijuana, Mexico with experience of over 4,000 weight loss surgeries discuss the difference between gastric sleeve and Roux-en-Y bypass surgery.
“The difference between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass as I told you before, the gastric sleeve is cutting vertically the stomach and that’s it. We need not do any bypassing or cutting of the small gut or something like that.
“With a gastric bypass we are going to make a small pouch of the stomach so that it will be around 3 ounces of the capacity and then we have to cut the small bowel and then connect it to the small pouch and bypassing the old gastrointestinal tract, therefore the patient has to be on vitamins for the rest of life; calcium and iron because they have to absorb all the nutrients they need.
“So it is going to have restrictions and it is a malabsorptive surgery, that’s how we call it.”
While gastric sleeve is an irreversible procedure involving removal of about 75% of the stomach, gastric bypass reversal is possible.
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