Gastric Sleeve vs. Gastric Bypass vs. LAP-BAND: What's the Difference?
Many people complain about their weight, but for some, the problem goes much deeper than cosmetic concerns. Obesity can limit physical functions and increase the risk of certain health problems. Individuals who are classified as medically obese can consider bariatric surgery to promote substantial weight loss.
The doctors within Tijuana Bariatrics’ network of providers offer several bariatric surgery techniques, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and LAP-BAND, which is an adjustable weight loss system. Individuals considering treatment through our Tijuana, Mexico, clinic can learn about the differences between gastric sleeve vs. gastric bypass vs. LAP-BAND, and how to choose the technique that is right for them.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery, which is medically known as sleeve gastrectomy, is a popular bariatric technique. Gastric sleeve surgery is performed laparoscopically. During treatment, a small incision is made near the stomach. Small surgical tools and a camera are inserted through this incision. Surgical tools remove a large portion of the stomach so it resembles a long, thin sleeve, which is roughly 15 percent of the stomach’s original size.
By reducing the size of the stomach, gastric sleeve surgery limits the amount of food it can hold. After treatment, patients feel full much faster and are only able to eat a small portion of the food they were eating prior to surgery. Gastric sleeve surgery encourages fast and effective weight loss.
Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is another bariatric technique that reduces the size of the stomach. However, this procedure differs slightly from a gastric sleeve. During gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is divided into two separate pouches. The small intestine is then rerouted so that it connects directly to the new, smaller stomach pouch.
Gastric bypass surgery is a highly effective bariatric technique. Not only does gastric bypass surgery limit the amount of food that the stomach can hold, but it also reduces the number of calories that are absorbed by the body.
LAP-BAND surgery differs from other bariatric techniques because it is the only procedure that is adjustable and completely reversible. During surgery, the LAP-BAND system is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. The LAP-BAND consists of an inflatable silicone ring. The ring is inflated so that it acts like a belt that squeezes around the stomach to reduce its size.
When the LAP-BAND is placed, it drastically reduces the stomach’s capacity, and therefore, the patient’s appetite. This encourages rapid weight loss in the months following treatment. Over time, the LAP-BAND can be inflated or deflated as needed to adjust the size of the stomach. If necessary, the LAP-BAND can even be completely removed.
Choosing the Right Surgical Technique
Each bariatric technique has its own benefits and risks to consider. Bariatric surgeons recommend the procedure that is right for each of our patients based on their weight loss needs, their own personal preferences, and the overall state of their health.
If you have a lot of weight to lose and have failed to get effective results through diet and exercise, you may be an ideal candidate for bariatric surgery. To learn more about gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and LAP-BAND, as well as which technique may be most appropriate for your unique situation, we invite you to send us a message online or call (664) 167-7290 at your earliest convenience.