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Which Procedure Is Right For Me?

Enjoy the Benefits of Rapid Weight-Loss

Significant Weight Loss

Significant Weight Loss

Results will vary depending on procedure and individual differences, but bariatic surgery typically results in greater, sustained weight loss than other approaches.

Stop Tipping The Scale

Improved Health

Improved Health

In addition to the health benefits of reduced weight, bariatic surgery may also improve or eliminate type II diabetes beginning immediately after the procedure.

Time To Get Healthy

Lasting Results

Lasting Results

Many individuals are able to maintain a significant decrease in weight after their surgery. It is important to remember, however, in order for the weight loss to last you must permanently adopt several lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise.

Keep The Weight Off

Financing

Financing

If your health insurance provider will not cover the procedure or will only cover a portion, Gastric Surgeon can help you finance your surgery.

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Lap Band® vs. Gastric Bypass

The Lap Band® procedure and gastric bypass are the two most commonly performed types of bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), and both can lead to a significant reduction in body mass index (BMI). Lap Band® surgery is a less complicated procedure than gastric bypass, is associated with fewer complications, and unlike gastric bypass, is reversible.  For this reason, Lap Band® surgery is being performed with greater and greater frequency; however, only a qualified bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is most appropriate for you.  The following information will help you learn more about both procedures:

Gastric bypass surgery involves using staples to divide the stomach into two parts. The division creates a small pouch at the top that is sealed off from the rest of the stomach below. A loop of small intestine is then connected to the small pouch so food can exit.

The Lap Band® procedure also creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach but does so with the use of an adjustable band. Unlike with gastric bypass surgery, in the Lap Band® procedure, the small pouch is not completely sealed off from the rest of the stomach below and food can pass through. Thus, in Lap Band® surgery, the small intestine does not need to be surgically attached to the stomach.

There are benefits and risks associated with each procedure and only your doctor can decide which type of weight loss surgery is right for you. For more detailed information on both gastric bypass and the Lap Band®, please click on the links below.

If you have attempted to lose weight through diet and exercise, but have been unsuccessful, then weight loss surgery may be an option for you. Please remember weight loss surgery is a complicated procedure that is associated with certain risks, but also has been proven to result in health benefits.

Lap Band® Surgery, Gastric Bypass, and Diabetes

In addition to weight loss, bariatric surgery is also associated with many significant health benefits. Perhaps most importantly, bariatric surgery often cures type 2 diabetes. The best evidence to date shows that among individuals with type 2 diabetes who undergo bariatric surgery, diabetes completely resolves in approximately 77 percent and resolves or improves in 86 percent. In addition to improved health, this may result in significant financial savings as well. When compared with the cost of a lifetime of diabetes treatment, bariatric procedures like Lap Band surgery or gastric bypass may in fact be the most economical option. When data from over 130 independent studies were combined and analyzed(1,2,3) the following health benefits were found for those who underwent bariatric surgery:

  • Type 2 diabetes completely resolved in 77% of individuals and resolved or improved in 86% of individuals.
  • High cholesterol improved in approximately 70% of individuals.
  • High blood pressure resolved in approximately 62% of individuals and resolved or improved in 79% of individuals.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea resolved in approximately 86% of individuals and resolved or improved in 84% of individuals.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) symptoms improved in many patients with this disorder.
  • Deaths from all causes were reduced by 40%, death from diabetes was reduced by 92%, death from coronary disease was reduced by 56%, and death from cancers was reduced by 60%.

1. Buchwald, H. Avidor, Y, Braunwald, E, et al. Bariatric surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA 2004; 292:1724.
2. Maggard, MA, Shugarman, LR, Suttorp, M, et al. Meta-analysis: surgical treatment of obesity. Ann Intern Med 2005; 142:547.
3. Buchwald, H, Estok, R, Fahrbach, K, et al. Weight and type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med 2009; 122:248