Lap Band Surgery & Gastric Bypass Surgery; What’s The Difference?

When it comes to weight loss treatments, most patients have a lot of misconceptions of different procedures. At Houston Weight Loss, we are committed not only to providing suitable solutions to patients in accordance with their health conditions and requirements, but also in educating them about the processes in detail.

Although morbid obesity can be treated only through surgical treatments, patients must realize the change that they will undergo.

Lap Band VS Gastric Bypass Surgery

Lap Band Surgery

Lap band surgery is a surgical process through which the size of the stomach is reduced. The process is minimally invasive and a silicone band is adjusted on the upper portion of the stomach which create a small pouch leaving the rest of the stomach below. The process is carried out laparoscopically and is reversible. The basic purpose of the procedure is to limit the food intake.

 

Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric Bypass surgery is also done through laparoscopy but it is an open surgery. In this procedure, stomach is stapled from the upper part, forming a small pouch, attached to the small intestine. Gastric bypass surgery can result in drastic weight loss as it fairly reduces the food intake.

 

Weight Loss After The Procedures

In Lap Band, an average reduction of 40% to 60% of the total weight is observed in most patients. In Gastric bypass, however, the weight loss is more effective as some patients even reported losing up to 100 pounds or more.

Common Side Effects

The most common side effects of Lap band are vomiting, nausea and discomfort due to wrong positioning of the band. Moreover, sometimes after 3 or 4 years, patients come for a revision surgery in case they feel discomfort or problems in digestion.

With Gastric bypass, the side effects are usually different. Skin drying, body aches, hair fall and fatigue are common side effects stated by patients in the first year. The main reason behind is the intense weight loss. The side effects usually fade away as soon as the weight loss reaches stability.

Which Is Better For YOU?

Well, if you are considering anyone of these surgeries, you must first see if you are the right candidate or not. At Houston Weight Loss, we can assess that for you via our free consultation. So don’t hesitate, make a call and book your free consultation today!

2019-10-31T13:28:01+00:00October 30th, 2019|