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Is bariatric surgery reversible?

Reversibility of Bariatric Procedures is a popular doubt with the obese considering Bariatric surgery.

In most of the bariatric procedures it is not reversible. Also these procedures also influence gut hormones which are responsible for hunger, blood sugar etc

Sleeve Gastrectomy Reversibility

This surgery involves reshaping the stomach into a sleeve, something which is the size of a banana. It removes 90% of the stomach permanently. This procedure reduces the size and capacity of the stomach which in turn alters the gut hormones.

Gastric Bypass Reversibility

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass procedure is the most popular bariatric surgery. This involves a 2 phase procedure, first phase involves creation of small pouch in the stomach, second phase involves creation of a connection from the pouch to the small intestine. This surgery is not reversible.

Adjustable Gastric Band Reversibility

This is one bariatric procedure which can be reversed. This surgical procedure involves implantation of a band around the upper part of the stomach, which leads to creation of small pouch. This band can be removed any time thus helping in completely reversing the surgical procedure.

Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch Reversibility

Considered to be the complicated bariatric surgical procedure.

Here the small intestine is split into 2 parts, connecting one to the stomach so that ingested food passes straight from the newly created tubular stomach pouch into the last segment of the small intestine. This surgery cannot be reversed as it completely rearranges the digestive system.