Lap Band Surgery: Adjustable Gastric Band vs. Gastric Bypass


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Lap-Band Benefits

Lap-band system has both risks and benefits. Photo by: James P. Gray

The lap-band is a laparoscopic procedure, which means a faster recovery and fewer complications since the procedures doesn’t require incisions. According to the Cleveland Clinic, most patients can return to work after a week of surgery. One of the benefits of having the lap-band versus gastric bypass, is the ability to adjust the band to the patient’s needs. The lap-band can also be removed if necessary.

In 2003, Dr. Paul O’Brien and Dr. John Dixon published a study entitled, “Lap-Band: Outcomes and Results” that examined the outcomes of patients who had the lap-band surgery done. In this study, Dr. O’Brien and Dr. Dixon found that the lap-band is a very safe procedure with most obese patients losing 50 to sixty percent of their body weight within the first two to three years.
Not only is weight loss a benefit of the lap-band surgery; some medical conditions were reversed – this study also found that type 2 diabetes was usually reversed in gastric banding patients, as well as sleep apnea, reflux, and depression.

Is Lap-band Surgery Safe?

If you think you qualify for any sort of gastric banding or bypass surgery, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Although the lap-band procedure has worked for some, it may or may not be the right choice for you.


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UC San Diego Health System Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Balancing Surgical Risks against the Risks of Obesity. Accessed on May 31, 2012.

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