4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

Find out about some weight-loss surgeries and if you are a candidate for one of them.

4 Most Common Types of Weight-Loss Surgery

If you’ve done your best to exercise regularly and stick to a healthy diet but still have a substantial amount of weight to lose, weight-loss surgery may be for you. Bariatric surgery is a catchall term for operations that limit stomach size and/or food absorption. If you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, you could be a candidate.

A 2013 study in BMJ showed that surgery led to greater weight loss than nonsurgical fixes like diet, exercise, and weight loss medications. Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome were also more likely to go into remission. Click through to learn more about which type of weight-loss surgery may be right for you.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

How it works: While the previous procedures involve artificially reducing stomach size, a sleeve gastrectomy does it for real. In this irreversible procedure, about 80 percent of the stomach is removed, leaving the remaining stomach about the size and shape of a banana. Weight loss occurs because you can't eat as much; your appetite is also suppressed.

Good to know: Conditions such as type 2 diabetes significantly improve quickly.

Tip: This procedure is most used for patients with very high BMIs; it often requires a second operation like a gastric bypass or duodenal switch.

Learn more about the benefits of sleeve gastrectomy.

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