Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure in which the surgeon creates a small stomach pouch and then connects it to the small intestine. This surgery is effective in reducing the amount of food that can be eaten and helps patients lose weight quickly. However, there are some risks associated with this surgery, including bleeding and infection.
Lap Band Surgery
Lap band surgery is a procedure in which an adjustable band is placed around the stomach to create a small pouch. This surgery is less invasive than gastric bypass surgery and can be reversed if necessary. However, once the band has been placed, patients cannot eat large quantities of food and will not feel full quickly.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure in which about 75% of the stomach is removed to create a thin banana-shaped tube or “sleeve.” This surgery helps promote weight loss quickly without affecting the digestive tract as gastric bypass surgery does. As with lap band surgery, gastric sleeve surgery can be reversed if necessary.
Main Purpose of Getting Weight Loss Surgeries
The main purpose of getting weight loss surgeries is to help the patient lose excess weight and decrease their risk for obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Patients who undergo these surgeries may experience an addiction to food because they cannot eat large amounts of food. In addition, patients need to follow a strict diet and exercise regimen after the surgery.
In some cases, though weight loss surgeries are effective in helping patients lose excess weight, they can lead to addiction problems. A recent study published in Obesity Surgery found that overeating was a risk factor for developing an addiction after gastric sleeve surgery. Researchers from Germany found that patients who developed an addiction to food after gastric sleeve surgery tended to have pre-existing eating disorders before the procedure. The study suggests that obesity surgery itself is not a risk factor for developing an addiction but, rather, risk factors such as overeating and having a history of eating disorders.
Furthermore, it is important to note that the study examined patients who had gastric sleeve surgery and developed an addiction to food afterwards. However, addiction is a complex problem with many factors and it is unclear if all patients who undergo weight loss surgeries will develop an addiction after the procedure.
Researchers from this study conclude that gastric sleeve surgery can lead to “overeating” in some patients. Therefore, it is important for physicians to monitor patients who have had gastric sleeve surgery for the development of an addiction after the procedure.