Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Banding Surgery: Is One Better Than the Other?

December 16, 2015 — by Fernando Garcia
Tags: Gastric Sleeve Gastric Band

Gastric banding surgeryBecause of his reputation for high-quality bariatric surgery results, Dr. Fernando Garcia has attracted countless patients to his Tijuana weight loss surgery center. He has achieved incredible results thanks to gastric sleeve surgery (sleeve gastrectomy), though there are many other surgical options out there as well.

We'd like to use this post to consider how the gastric sleeve stacks up against another popular option for surgical weight loss: the gastric band procedure.

About Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is a bariatric procedure that involves the permanent resizing of the patient's stomach. By reducing stomach size, a patient's appetite is reduced, as is the amount of food that a patient can consume in a single sitting.

How Effective Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

Gastric sleeve surgery is highly effective at promoting safe and rapid weight loss. The surgery is low maintenance and not as invasive as other kinds of bariatric procedures such as the gastric bypass. Patients who undergo gastric sleeve are routinely satisfied by the results.

About Gastric Banding Surgery

Gastric banding surgery is a bariatric procedure that also involves the shrinking of stomach size, though it does this using a silicone band. The band is wrapped around a portion of the stomach to reduce its size. This means that patients will experience reduced appetite and will consume fewer calories with each meal.

How Effective Is Gastric Banding Surgery?

Like gastric sleeve, gastric banding surgery is highly effective at promoting rapid and safe weight loss. The procedure is less invasive than even gastric sleeve surgery, and patients are able to have the band adjusted as needed, which is not an option for other kinds of weight loss surgery procedures.

Advantages of Gastric Sleeve Over Gastric Band

The primary advantage of gastric sleeve surgery over gastric banding is that it is low maintenance and less likely to require additional adjustments, which come at an additional cost. There is just the first surgery and that's that, without any need for additional follow-ups for re-adjustment or alteration.

Advantages of Gastric Band Over Gastric Sleeve

The primary advantage of gastric banding over other weight loss surgery procedures is that it is completely reversible. If a patient experiences any kind of complication related to their gastric banding, it can be addressed in a secondary or revision surgery. Similarly, if it's shown that gastric banding is a poor option for weight loss, a patient can then undergo a different procedure as needed.

Helping You Make the Best Decisions About Bariatric Surgery

While we feel that the gastric sleeve procedure is superior to many other kinds of bariatric surgery, we acknowledge that each patient has different needs, and that one procedure may be better than the other for certain patients.

During the consultation process, we will take great care in determining the best option for you and your needs, answering all of your questions and addressing your concerns as well.

Contact Dr. Fernando Garcia

If you would like to learn more about your bariatric surgery options and which might be ideal for you and your needs, be sure to schedule a consultation with a weight loss surgery specialist today. Dr. Fernando Garcia and his team look forward to your visit and helping you achieve a healthier weight.