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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The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

How it works: Have you ever taken a highway bypass around a big city? In a gastric bypass, your food is the car and your stomach is the city. First, doctors staple your stomach into two sections. They then connect the portion that holds food to your small intestine. You’ll eat less food and absorb less food that can be stored as fat.

Good to know: In the first year patients lose about 10 to 20 pounds per month; weight loss then drops off over time.

Tip: Gastric bypass can cause vitamin/mineral deficiencies, according to Francis Teng, MD, of MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Daily supplements will be required.

Questions to ask your doctor.

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