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LAP-Band® vs Gastric Bypass: Comparing Weight Loss Surgery Options

By Jacqueline Osuna, MD on January 02, 2018

Bariatric surgery optionsWhen it comes to bariatric surgery, two of the most popular procedures offered at our Tijuana, MX practice are LAP-Band® and gastric bypass surgery. They differ in terms of candidacy and how they achieve weight loss for patients.

We’d like to take a moment to explore both of these popular weight loss procedures and then compare them to one another. This should help give you an idea which surgery may be best for you.

About LAP-Band® Surgery

LAP-Band® surgery is a type of gastric banding procedure. During the surgery, a small silicone band is placed around part of the stomach, reducing the overall stomach size. This means that patients will not be able to consume as much food in one sitting, limiting overall caloric intake per meal and per day, which promotes safe and rapid weight loss.

Ideal Candidates for LAP-Band® Surgery

The following describes good candidates for LAP-Band®:

  • At least 18 years old
  • BMI of 40
  • BMI of at least 30 with an obesity-related comorbidity
  • Have attempted to lose weight naturally for a year without success
  • Realistic expectations about the surgery and what it can achieve

About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is the most well known type of weight loss procedure offered today. The surgery reroutes part of the digestive tract so that part of the stomach and small intestine is bypassed. This reduces the amount of calories that can be consumed and absorbed during the digestion process, which promotes dramatic weight loss.

Ideal Candidates for Gastric Bypass Surgery

The following describes good candidates for gastric bypass surgery:

  • At least 18 years old
  • BMI of 40 or greater/at least 100 pounds overweight
  • BMI of at least 35 with an obesity-related comorbidity
  • Have attempted to lose weight naturally for a year without success
  • Realistic expectations about the surgery and what it can achieve

When LAP-Band® Surgery Is More Ideal

LAP-Band® surgery tends to be best for patients who are obese but only require a less invasive bariatric procedure to achieve ideal results. LAP-Band® is adjustable and reversible, which is an attractive option for many patients. Weight loss can be controlled, and the entire procedure can be undone if needed without permanently affecting the stomach and other organs.

When Gastric Bypass Surgery Is More Ideal

Gastric bypass surgery tends to be most ideal for patients who are morbidly obese or super obese. Because the surgery reduce calorie consumption and caloric absorption, the weight loss is much more pronounced and drastic. Patients do need to be aware of the risks of gastric bypass since it does alter the digestive tract in a significant way. Many patients feel that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Developing a Treatment Plan for You

During the consultation process, we will be able to go over all of your options in much greater detail. We can answer any questions you have about LAP-Band® and gastric bypass and help you make the best choices given your health needs.

Learn More About Bariatric Surgery

For more information about your many options for surgical weight loss, be sure to contact a skilled bariatric surgery specialist today. Jacqueline Osuna, MD will work with you and discuss the right weight loss procedure given your needs.

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