Want to know the difference between a gastric bypass and a gastric sleeve? A gastric sleeve involves a reduction of the stomach, but the small intestine and gastric valve are kept intact. This results in relatively fewer complications in the long run.
In some cases, however, a gastric bypass will be a better choice, for example in patients with high cholesterol and diabetes or patients that suffer from acid indigestion or acid reflux. This is because it changes the way your body digests food.
When opting for a gastric sleeve operation, you won’t suffer from the dumping syndrome, whereas this can occur when having a gastric bypass. The dumping syndrome means that the stomach empties too quickly, which can cause cramps and diarrhoea in the gastrointestinal tract (often just after eating). Although not dangerous, it is very annoying.
A gastric sleeve operation will often be preferred over a gastric bypass, because this procedure is less invasive for the body. However, if a gastric bypass suits you better, our surgeons will always tell you and be upfront with you.