Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap Band

Thanks to advances in technology, surgical weight loss treatment options abound. The most popular surgeries are gastric sleeve and Lap-Band.
Is one surgery better the other? It really depends on which is right for your situation. Learn your options before moving ahead with either type of weight loss surgery.

Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve decreases the size of your stomach so you consume less food. After surgery, 60-80 percent of your stomach will have been removed. The end result will be a long, narrow pouch that limits the amount of food you can eat. The surgery takes about an hour and you’ll stay in the hospital for a few days. You’ll need to take a couple of weeks off work following surgery.

The biggest benefit of gastric sleeve surgery is that it decreases the secretion of a hormone that stimulates your appetite. This type of surgery is also good for people who don’t qualify for gastric bypass due to a medical condition like Crohn’s disease or anemia.

Lap-Band Surgery

Unlike gastric sleeve surgery, a Lap-Band is reversible. During the procedure, two small incisions will be made on your abdomen so the device can be placed on the upper portion of your stomach. You’ll go home within 24 hours of surgery, but you’ll need to take about a week off work. The band will work to control your appetite, so you feel fuller quicker and for a longer period of time.

Is One More Effective Than the Other?

You’ll lose weight with either type of surgery. However, the gastric sleeve usually provides more rapid weight loss over the first two years. Lap-Band surgery patients end up losing the same amount of weight, but it may take three or four years to do so.

How Do the Diets Differ?

Following any type of weight loss surgery procedure, you’ll consume only about 800 calories a day during the initial period. After one to three years, you can eat between 1,000 and 1,200 calories per day. With either surgery, drink plenty of water, eat lots of protein, and refrain from drinking carbonated drinks and fatty foods.

If you have more questions about how gastric sleeve surgery compares to Lap-Band surgery, please schedule a consultation at our clinic.