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Lap Band vs Gastric Bypass: How to Choose the Right Bariatric Surgery for You

There are many important distinctions between lap band surgery and gastric bypass surgery. If you look at the common complications of weight loss surgery, our medical professionals feel the Lap Band® is much safer. Many complications related to the gastric bypass procedure do not exist with the lap band. Band complications (as opposed to bypass complications) are less frequent, less severe and usually easily fixed as an outpatient procedure.

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Lap-Band® System Gastric Bypass
Lap Band Surgery Bypass Surger
Description Lap band is a restrictive procedure, during which an inflatable band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. This creates a smaller stomach pouch, which restricts the amount of food that can be consumed at one time and increases the time it takes for the stomach to empty. As a result, a patient achieves sustained weight loss by limiting food intake, reducing appetite, and slowing digestion. Gastric bypass is a combination procedure that uses both restrictive and malabsorptive elements. First the stomach is stapled to make a smaller pouch. Then most of the stomach and part of the intestines are bypassed by attaching (usually stapling) a part of the intestine to the small stomach pouch. As a result, a patient cannot eat as much and absorbs fewer nutrients and calories.
  • Lowest mortality rate1 with gastric band
  • Least invasive surgical approach
  • No stomach stapling/cutting or intestinal re-routing
  • Adjustable
  • Reversible
  • Lowest operative complication rate
  • Very low risk of nutritional deficiencies
  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Minimally invasive approach is common
  • Longer clinical experience in the U.S.
  • Slightly higher total average weight loss reported than with purely restrictive procedures
  • Slower initial weight loss
  • Regular follow-up critical for optimal results
  • Requires an implanted medical device
  • In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage
  • In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery
  • Cutting and stapling of stomach and bowel are required
  • More operative complications
  • Portion of digestive tract is bypassed, reducing absorption of essential nutrients
  • Medical complications due to nutritional deficiencies
  • "Dumping syndrome2" can occur
  • Non-adjustable
  • Extremely difficult to reverse
  • Higher mortality rate with gastric bypass
  • Erratic absorption of medications
  • Protein malabsorption
  • Pregnancies are higher risk
  • Vitamin deficiencies are possible if supplements are stopped
Results Although during the first year after surgery, weight loss with the gastric bypass is greater than with the LAP-BAND® System, surgeons report that at 5 years many LAP-BAND® and gastric bypass patients achieve comparable weight loss (55% for LAP-BAND® and 59% for Gastric Bypass).3
Risks1,4 Mortality rate: 0.05%
Total complications: 9%
Major complications: 0.2%
Most common include:
  • Standard risks associated with major surgery
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Band slippage (minor revisional surgery)
  • Band erosion (minor revisional surgery)
  • Access port problems (minor revisional surgery)
Mortality rate: 0.5-2%
Total complications: 23%
Major complications: 2.1%
Most common include:
  • Standard risks associated with major surgery
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Separation of stapled areas (major revisional surgery)
  • Leaks from staple lines (major revisional surgery)
  • Nutritional deficiencies
Recovery Timeline5
  • Hospital stay is usually less than 24 hours (Typically this procedure is day surgery)
  • Most patients return to normal activity within 1 week
  • Full surgical recovery usually occurs within about 2 weeks
  • Hospital stay is usually 48-72 hours
  • Many patients return to normal activity within 2.5 weeks
  • Full surgical recovery usually occurs within about 3 weeks

It can be overwhelming when taking a close look at lap band surgery versus gastric bypass. Every patient has unique needs and conerns that our healthcare professionals will address with kindness and clarity. If you're considering weight loss surgery, contact us at Norwest Weight Loss Surgery today.

How Can Northwest Weight Loss Surgery Help?


Northwest Weight Loss Surgery offers options for weight loss surgery; Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band Surgery, Plication, Botox, Juvederm, Facial Peels and Medical Grade skin care products.  for Washington State, servicing the entire country including Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Spokane, and the Tri cities areas as well as Nationwide. We also offer weight loss surgery for patients from Canada and other countries outside of the U.S.A.

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