Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Four Types of Bariatric Surgery

There are four main types of bariatric surgery being performed right now.  Sometimes when we are so focused on our own type of surgery, we forget that other people are just as passionate about their surgery too.  But learning about the other types is important - it helps us to understand our brothers and sisters in bariatrics. If you haven't yet had your surgery yet, these videos give a good overview of how the four surgery types work and how food moves through your new system.

To compare the details of the different surgeries, a good resource is the WLS Wiki - which was created by WLS patients representing their own respective surgeries and based on medical journal information available from reputable organizations such as the ASMBS. Here's a comparison chart that explains the details of each. Take the time to explore the rest of the website for more detailed information.

Or download a printable version of the above chart. Print on 11x17 paper.
Comparison of WLS Currently in Use
(Wait a moment after clicking the link - the file will download and give you the option to open/view.)

RNY - Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass  

Adjustable Gastric Band


VSG - Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

DS - Duodenal Switch


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