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Doctor insights on: Gastric Sleeve Vs Lap Band

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Which is better gastric sleeve or lap band?

Which is better gastric sleeve or lap band?

Sleeve: In most recent studies the sleeve has shown better weight loss and resolution of other illnesses such as diabetes. Keep in mind however that the sleeve is not reversible. The choice of the right operation is made by you in discussion with your surgeon. Great question. ...Read more

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Gastric Sleeve (Definition)

Basically we take your stomach from the size of a football and cut in down to the size of a banana. And throw the excess stomach away. The sleeve has an expected weight loss of about 60-70% of your excess weight ...Read more


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What are the pros and cons of a lap band and a gastric sleeve?

Complicated: Fewer and fewer lap bands are being placed these days. The weight loss with them is not as consistent, they can slip, etc. A gastric sleeve has more reliable weight loss, though it is a bigger operation. I'd suggest having a conversation with a bariatric surgeon so that he/she can lay out all risks and benefits. Also, you'd get a chance to ask more questions. ...Read more

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What are common complications with a gastric sleeve or a lap band?

What are common complications with a gastric sleeve or a lap band?

Eating problems: With an experienced surgeon, complications from both procedures should be very low, probably less than 2%. Most problems I see arise from patients eating incorrectly. Eating to large of a bite, too fast or not chewing well can lead to nausea,vomiting,reflux & discomfort. This can also happen if a patient's band is filled too tight. Make sure you follow your surgeon's recommended eating guidelines ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of a gastric sleeve compared to a lap band?

What are the pros and cons of a gastric sleeve compared to a lap band?

Sleeve gastrectomy : The general consensus at the national meetings I attend is that sleeve gastrectomy results seem to be much better than lap band results. In addition, lap band patients often have complications from their band (prolapse, erosion, leakage, dilated pouch, esophageal dysmotility). The lap band now only accounts for only 8% of the operations done (sleeve 47%, bypass 42%). We rarely do bands now. ...Read more

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What is the difference in cost between a gastric sleeve and a lap band?

Depends: Prices for each surgery vary based on the region you live and demand.The band has become less popular over the last few years with the subsequent rise in sleeve procedures.As of this year, the sleeve has become the most common weight loss procedure in the USA. As a result band prices tend to be a little cheaper than the sleeve.Difference can be as much as $5,000-6,000.In my area, price is the same ...Read more

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How do the results from a lap band differ from those of a gastric sleeve?

Sleeve gastrectomy : The general consensus at the national meetings I attend is that sleeve gastrectomy results seem to be much better than lap band results. In addition, lap band patients often have complications from their band (prolapse, erosion, leakage, dilated pouch, esophageal dysmotility). The lap band now only accounts for only 8% of the operations done (sleeve 47%, bypass 42%). We rarely do bands now. ...Read more

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Which was generally more successful in 2013: the lap band or gastric sleeve?

Sleeve - any year: However, which weight loss operation you have is an individual decision. Weigh the pro's and con's of each procedure, and choose what seems the best fit for you, based on eating habits, BMI, medical problems, etc. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Which is the most effective: lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve?

Which is the most effective: lap band, gastric bypass or gastric sleeve?

Operations: In terms of ultimate weight loss, the bypass would be #1 followed closely by sleeve. The band would be a distant third. For fixing problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, the ranking is the same. Sleeves are a good option for someone without diabetes or heartburn. If you have those problems or have a bmi over 50, the bypass is a better option. ...Read more

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Gastric (Definition)

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