Summary Comparison Of Various Types Of Surgery

Contributed by Dato' Dr Tikfu Gee

You and your doctor may have reached a point where it’s time to start thinking about medical treatment of your obesity problem.  If so, then you’ll want to prepare yourself by getting an education on all your options.

The various types of surgery you’ll run across in your exploration of weight loss solutions are a little hard to grasp at first. That’s why we’ve compiled this mini encyclopedia of weight loss procedures.  Here, you’ll find out how long each type of surgery takes, how long you should expect to stay in the hospital afterwards, and whether each procedure is reversible.

Finally, we’ll also show you whether a foreign object is placed in your body or the procedure simply alters your digestive system to product results.

So, with all this in mind, read below our Summary Comparison of Various Types of Surgery.  You’ll have a better understanding of your options as you begin your weight loss journey, and you’ll be better prepared to discuss them openly with your doctor.  


Summary Comparison of Various Types of Surgery


  Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) Roux En Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) Sleeve Gastrectomy Intragastric Balloon Single Anastomosis Duodenal Jejunal Bypass
Length of Surgery 30 minute to one hour if surgeon is experienced 1.5 to 3 hours 30 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes (and it’s not surgery) 3.5 hours
Length of Hospital Stay overnight 2-3 days 2-3 days 3 hours- this is an outpatient procedure 2-3 days
Reversible? yes yes no yes no
Adjustable? yes no yes yes no
Foreign Object Place in Body? yes no no yes no
Laparoscipic? yes- least invasive type yes yes endoscopic (through the mouth) yes
Recovery Time quick 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks 2-3 weeks  2-3 weeks
Short Term Complications? low low low almost none yes
Long Term Complications? possibly low low unknown yes
Long Term Success? moderate excellent very good unknown excellent
Costs (starting from)* NA ~ RM30,000 ~ RM26,000 ~ RM11,000 ~ RM30,000

* IMPORTANT: Price quoted above are estimates only for standard surgeries (also dependent on which hospital), and are not meant to be referred to as a packaged price. Final price will depend on actual equipment used, any complications, as well as the number of days stayed. It will be itemised and fully transparent. Price applicable for Malaysians only. Please contact us for price for non-Malaysians.

As you can see, the greatest variation amongst these types of weight loss procedures is length of time for the procedure to take place.  With a range from half an hour to over three hours, this is a major consideration for anyone.

If you’re dealing with health risks involved in being morbidly obese, however, it’s even more of a concern.  How long you’re on the operating table, under general anesthesia, is probably the single most important factor your doctor will consider when exploring your options in bariatric procedures.

Much of the rest is up to you: complications, both short and long term, will depend on your health and how well you can stick to a healthy regimen before and especially after your surgery or procedure.  With that in mind, good luck and go in good health!


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