In addition to the above, Doral Health & Wellness Bariatric Center can help with weight management and complications from previous bariatric surgery, including failed or failing procedures, treating weight regain, and performing revisional bariatric surgery.

Restriction and Malabsorption

Bariatric surgery procedures were traditionally classified as restrictive (gastric band and gastric sleeve) or combination restrictive and malabsorptive (gastric bypass and mini-gastric bypass).

Restriction involves physically reducing the size of the usable stomach. Malabsorption involves reduced caloric absorption by bypassing a portion of the small intestine to lessen surface area. However, it is now known that while the mini gastric bypass does cause some malabsorption, the standard gastric bypass does not result in any significant malabsorption.

There is increasing evidence demonstrating that the weight loss seen following gastric bypass, mini-gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy is caused by changes in gut hormones, bile acid metabolism, gut bacteria changes, and improved metabolism. Thus, the new term ‘metabolic’ surgery is now used to classify these procedures.


Risks and Considerations

Every surgical procedure comes with inherent risk. Further, each of the methods above comes with its specific risks and considerations discussed during consultation.

It is essential to note; however, modern bariatric surgery is considered extremely safe, with a mortality rate lower than, or equal to, that of many common surgical procedures, including gallbladder removal. Therefore, the decision to undergo bariatric surgery is based on comparing the risks of surgery versus doing nothing about one’s obesity.

Next Steps

To learn more about bariatric surgery, what procedure is right for you, and whether
you qualify, please schedule your consultation with us today.