There are many types of bariatric surgery and although all of them will help you lose weight, they don’t all help in the same way. Two of the most common types of weight loss surgery are the LAP-BAND and a gastric sleeve. Today, we’re discussing more about the similarities and differences between these two to help determine if one of them is right for you.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is more commonly known as LAP-BAND. It is an FDA-approved surgical weight loss method with nearly 200,000 patients in the past 20 years. It is considered a restrictive procedure (as opposed to malabsorptive) because it does not alter the size or shape of the stomach, or the route of the intestinal tract. Instead, an adjustable plastic band is placed around the upper portion of your stomach. This band tightens the opening of your stomach, making it more difficult for food to enter. Because of this, the food will need to slow down and therefore you’ll feel full faster. This helps you consume fewer calories which is the key to weight loss.
To be considered for LAP-BAND surgery, Atlanta residents must have a BMI over 40. Those with a BMI in the 30s may be accepted if they also have a related health condition. Most patients will have tried other weight loss options but have not seen success. You must also be willing to change your diet before, during, and after the LAP-BAND procedure. Avoid junk food, choose healthier options, and get regular exercise.
For many users, the device will stay in place and not be removed. This helps you avoid relapse so you can keep the weight off and maintain a strong, healthy body for the rest of your life.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is also a restrictive weight loss procedure. Unlike with the LAP-BAND surgery, it removes a portion of your stomach so you are only able to hold a few ounces at a time. This helps you feel full faster so you consume fewer calories. Like LAP-BAND, this procedure also leaves the intestinal tract in place. The remaining portion of your stomach will be converted into a tube or banana-like shape. The entire procedure takes about two hours and you will stay overnight in the hospital to be monitored. After two years, most patients lose between 40-50% of their excess body weight.
The ideal candidate will have a BMI over 40, or over 30 with related health conditions. Just as with any weight loss procedure, proper diet and exercise are encouraged to ensure your body is getting the right nutrients and vitamins even though you’re consuming much smaller portions than before.
Which Bariatric Surgery is Right for You?
Although both LAP-BAND surgery and gastric sleeve surgery can help you successfully lose weight, your doctor may recommend one over the other. Contact us to schedule a consultation. We will discuss your current health condition, weight loss goals, and motivations to help you determine if one of these, or another type of bariatric surgery, is the right option for you.