02 Jun Types of Weight Loss Surgery
Where there used to be only one option for bariatric surgery, there now exist multiple weight loss surgery types. The world of weight loss surgery has transformed enormously in the last 50 years. The different kinds of weight loss surgery address different goals a person may have, or more commonly, may depend on his or her obesity-related illnesses.
It’s difficult to give types of weight loss surgery comparison
It’s so hard to compare types of surgery for three main reasons:
- Surgeons prefer some types of weight loss surgery over others
- Surgery type may depend on your co-morbidities. As an example, you may want to look at weight loss surgery and type 2 diabetes together to decide which option is right for you
- Some types of weight loss surgery—like the balloon, as an example—is supposed to be reversible outpatient procedures
When new patients come into our office, one of the first questions they ask is: what types of weight loss surgery is there? This is a great place to start: acknowledging the options.
When you are deciding whether or not you’re ready for weight loss surgery, different types of surgery may sound more appealing than others. In a perfect world, there would be a non-invasive, cheap, and immediate option out there. The truth is, no matter which types of weight loss surgery, recovery time is part of the process. In order to see lasting and sustainable benefits, you need actively change your behavior after weight loss surgery.
What are the three types of weight loss surgery?
- Robotic bariatric weight loss surgery
- Laparoscopic weight loss surgery
- Outpatient weight loss procedures
Robotic and laparoscopic types of weight loss surgery are covered by insurance more often than outpatient procedures. This is large because many of the outpatient procedures have not been tested thoroughly enough. We will go into a bit more detail on each type below.
Robotic bariatric surgery, especially when performed by Dr. Brown—we’re not kidding, we have the analytics to back this up!—is proven to reduce complication rate, reduce the time a patient spends in hospital, and lead to a faster recovery. Technology has advanced to the point where robotics can help doctors perform surgeries more efficiently than laparoscopic.
Laparoscopic bariatric surgery has been the go-to method for weight loss surgery beginning in the 1990s. Laparoscopic procedures make limited incisions in the body. This means you’ll have less scarring. Though the process is better than open surgery, the complication rate is higher and the recovery time is longer than robotics.
Outpatient weight loss procedures are new to the bariatric scene. They don’t hold the highest weight with doctors because they often have high complication rates, or patients ask to reverse them. The intragastric balloon is more popular in recent years because it is reversible and short-term. Doctors who offer the balloon recommend you get it removed six months after insertion. Some patients may see short-term effects of this device. The majority of them gain all their weight (if not more) back within the next six months. For this reason, bariatric surgeons who take the long-term benefits of surgery seriously, do not encourage these kinds of outpatient weight loss procedures.
Which type of surgery is the best?
Like anything, the more you put into your recovery from weight loss surgery, the greater your likelihood of lasting success. Surgery is not a quick fix. This is a common misconception. It will change the process in which you eat. Ultimately, it is your job to commit to making lasting healthy changes to your lifestyle.
The benefits of surgery are plenty. At CBSI, our patients see a drastic change in their overall health. This includes the resolution of certain co-morbidities like type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. Patients are able to play on the floor with their children or grandchildren. They are able to engage in physical activity with their friends and family. It is incredible what transformation can take place with the right committed attitude to make lasting change.
If you are ready to discuss the types of weight loss surgery out there, give us a call today. We will help you weigh your options. CBSI is a certified weight loss surgery Center of Excellence in Denver, Colorado. Our team welcomes the opportunity to help you transform your life for the better—whatever you choose!