Why Surgeons Prefer Gastric Sleeve Over Gastric Bypass

If you are significantly overweight and have not found success at weight loss through diet and exercise alone, you may have considered bariatric surgery. While conducting your research, you likely found there are several options for you to choose from. Great, right? Not necessarily. It’s normal for you to feel overwhelmed by all the choices when you are making such a big life decision. That’s why Dr. Cernero is here to help you choose which surgery is best for your health and desired outcome.


Presumably you have heard of or read about one of the most commonly performed types of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass. This comes to no surprise due to the fact it has been around for several years; it was first developed in the 1960s. While the procedure has been modified over time, it is still very risky compared to other types of bariatric surgery.

The average patient weight loss is about 60%-80% of excess body weight in the first year of surgery. The procedure reduces hunger, limits calorie absorption from food, possibly adjusts hormones, restricts food consumption due to stomach size, and reinforces your dietary guidelines if you experience dumping syndrome.

The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure achieves these benefits by first creating a gastric pouch at the upper part of the stomach, followed by dividing and re-routing the small intestine. Depending on the surgeon, both approaches can require between three to five hours of operation time with general anesthesia. This is an intricate procedure that generally has greater complication rates. Possible complications may include but are not limited to: long-term vitamin/mineral deficiencies, wound infection, bowel obstruction, hernia around the incision, ulcers, internal hemorrhage, and staple line leak.

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Dr. Cernero chooses to perform weight loss procedures that are less risky for the patient, yet still provide the desired outcome. Gastric sleeve surgery is the most similar procedure to gastric bypass, with an average weight loss of 50%-70% of excess body weight in the first two years after surgery. This procedure has a shorter average operating time, and has a lower risk of sagging skin, nutritional deficiencies and more.

At Cernero Surgery & Aesthetics, we provide weight loss options and the best care to help you through this life-changing process. To start your journey to a happier and healthier you, visit our website or call (903) 462-4247 today.

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