A 32-year-old member asked:
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what is the difference between gastric bypass, stomach stapling and gastric band?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Degrees: Band: appliance surg inserted to cinch stomach; adv.-easier surgery, reversible; disadv-less wt loss, less sustained, higher failure rate, compl, slippage, etc. Stapling-surg restrictive procedure; adv: more sustained, succ. Than above; disadv-still easy to cheat/wt gain (e.g. Melt ice cream, then drink it). Bypass: combo restrict and malabsorp; adv: more effective; dis: bigger op, more nutr risk.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Scott Welle
15 years experience Bariatrics
Many differences: The band is a device goes over top part of the stomach. Bypass makes your stomach the size of a golf ball and detours your small bowel to increase weight loss. Stomach stapling or the vertical banded gastroplasty is not done anymore. Although some people are starting to call the new sleeve gastrectomy stomach stapling as well.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Terry Simpson
34 years experience General Surgery
Lots: We only have 400 characters. You should attend a seminar by a weight loss surgeon and ask them.
Answered on Sep 9, 2012

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