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.