- Average excess weight loss is generally higher in a compliant patient than with purely restrictive procedures.
- Minimally invasive approach is possible.
- Has been performed longer than laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.
- Procedure has higher total average weight loss than with laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding.
- Requires cutting and stapling of the stomach.
- Because a portion of the digestive tract is bypassed, absorption of essential nutrients, primarily vitamin B12, iron, and calcium, is reduced, which could cause medical deficiencies. These deficiencies, however, can be managed through proper diet and vitamin supplements.
- Is non-adjustable and extremely difficult to reverse.
- A condition known as “dumping syndrome” can occur as the result of rapid emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine. This is sometimes triggered when too much sugar or large amounts of food are consumed. While generally not considered to be a serious risk to your health, the results can be extremely unpleasant and can include nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness and, on occasion, diarrhea after eating. Some patients are unable to eat any form of sweets after surgery.