Exploring the 4 Types of Bariatric Surgery

Exploring the 4 Types of Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery comes with the four most common options that individuals can opt for. Know about all these types in detail.

Surgical weight loss is considered by many not only to enhance their physical appearance but also to improve overall health and fitness. With the advancement of medicine, various surgical procedures have been developed to address the specific preferences and needs of individuals.

Especially for people with obesity-related health conditions, bariatric surgery can prove helpful. But if you intend to opt for bariatric surgery in Dubai, you must be aware of all the various types of surgery. Read till the end to learn about bariatric surgery, the primary types of bariatric surgery as well as their mechanisms in detail. Let’s start!

What Is Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is a popular weight loss surgery performed on individuals who are severely overweight having a BMI of more than 35. The surgery is typically recommended when other weight loss methods have already failed, like exercise and diet. The surgery involves making various digestive system changes for the promotion of weight loss.

Bariatric surgery not only involves a surgical procedure but also making significant lifestyle changes to ensure the effectiveness of the same. Such lifestyle changes may include healthy eating habits, a balanced diet and cutting excess calorie intake.

How Is Bariatric Surgery Helpful For People With Obesity?

Bariatric surgery has become a valuable tool in obesity management and provides significant benefits to individuals struggling with reducing excess body weight. The most common ways in which it proves helpful for people with obesity are listed below:

  • Leads to long-lasting weight loss and maintains a healthier body weight in the long run.
  • Brings significant improvement in individuals suffering from obesity-related health issues.
  • Enhances the quality of life by improving self-esteem, self-confidence and physical appearance.
  • Reduces the risk of mortality due to cardiovascular issues and other obesity-related comorbidities.
  • It serves as a catalyst for sustainable changes in the lifestyle of an individual.

However, the results usually differ from one individual to another. It also depends on adherence to the guidelines provided by healthcare professionals encompassing diet and lifestyle changes.

Four Common Types of  Bariatric Surgery:

Gastric Bypass Surgery:

One of the most commonly preferred bariatric surgery procedures is gastric bypass surgery which is also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. The procedure involves the creation of a small pouch at the top of the stomach. This is connected to the small intestine bypassing a portion of the upper intestine and stomach.

By restricting the total amount of food intake and reducing the amount of nutrition absorption. The surgery helps individuals feel fuller. This, however, leads to considerable weight loss.

Adjustable Gastric Banding:

This is also known as lap-band surgery, which uses an inflatable silicon band placed in the stomach’s upper portion. This band can be adjusted accordingly, allowing healthcare professionals to regulate the size of the opening of the stomach and control the total amount of food intake.

Through the creation of a smaller stomach pouch, it promotes weight loss by restricting the consumption of food. The main advantage of this procedure is that it is adjustable and reversible, which provides a convenient option for individuals.

Sleeve Gastrectomy:

The surgical weight loss procedure of sleeve gastrectomy includes the removal of a significant portion of the stomach and leaving behind only a slender or sleeve-like structure. This helps in reducing the size of the stomach as well as decreasing the production of hormones that regulates appetite.

This, however, results in increased satiety and reduces hunger. This surgical procedure is especially recommended for those having a high body mass index.


Thus bariatric surgery offers a plethora of options for people looking forward to effective weight loss solutions in the long run. Each surgical procedure comes with its own benefits as well as potential risks. Therefore it is essential to talk to a healthcare professional before making the final decision.

About Author – Dr Abdulsalam Al Taie, who is a specialist bariatric surgeon at Al Taie Center, Dubai and Abu Dhabi has highlighted the four most common types of bariatric surgery and their mechanism and how it helps in significant weight loss. The detailed blog emphasises all the common types you can consider for a sustainable and long-term weight loss solution.

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