Malabsorptive Procedures For Weight Loss

Malabsorptive procedures change how digestion occurs and were designed to work in combination with approaches that are restrictive in order to aid in weight loss. Food that is taken in after one of these procedures is incompletely absorbed because it is poorly digested. The bulk of the food will eliminated in the stool. In addition to restrictive measures, surgical staples are used in these techniques to bypass the small intestine to further limit the time that calories have to be absorbed by the body.

Malabsorptive procedures include:

  • Extended (Distal) Roux-en-Y Gatric Bypass (RYGBP-E)
  • Duodenal Switch combined with Biliopancreatic Diversion
  • Diversion of Biliopancreatic (BPD)

A combined restrictive and malabsorptive procedures is:

  • Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGBP)

The type of weight loss surgery chosen will depend upon an assessment of the benefits and risks over your lifetime and should be discussed with your bariatric surgeon.