Laparoscopic Band Surgery - Gastric Banding vs Gastric Bypass
Gastric Bypass and Gastric Banding are the two most popular surgical options for people struggling with obesity. Although they both require surgery and alter your stomach size, the similarities end there.
With a personal consultation from one of our surgeons and a comprehensive long-term follow-up program, The Surgical Weight Loss Centre will guide you through the safest option available: Lap-Band.
As the least invasive surgical option, Ajustable Gastric Band surgery eliminates many of the risks found in Gastric Bypass. This surgery is safe, has minimal trauma and incurs fewer side effects.
- All nutrients are absorbed normally
- No intestinal re-routing or stapling of the stomach
- Easily adjustable without additional surgery
- Minimal scarring
- Normal recovery is one week
With a small ring placed around the upper stomach, our surgeons are able to safely create a smaller upper stomach without re-arranging your digestive system. With this procedure there is a gradual initial weight loss, but the overall safety and sustained weight loss make it the preferred weight loss surgical procedure.
With Gastric Bypass Surgery, the intestine is stapled to make a smaller pouch. Then most of the stomach and bowel is bypassed by attaching a part of the intestines to the new stomach pouch. There are many potential complications and serious health risks resulting from this procedure.
- Absorbing fewer nutrients creates a high risk of nutritional deficiencies
- After eating certain meals, dumping syndrome can cause nausea, headaches and diarrhea
- It is non-adjustable and not reversible
- Mortality rate of approx. 1%