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How do gastric band, gastric bypass and a gastric balloon differ?

How do gastric band, gastric bypass and a gastric balloon differ?

Different principles: Bariatric procedures can be divided into 3 principle effects, causing malabsorption of nutrients, by restricting stomach size or a combination of both. Gastric band and balloon are restrictive, while gastric bypass is considered to be a combination of restrictive (small stomach pouch) and malabsorptive (bypassing portions of the digestive tract that absorb calories and nutrients). ...Read more

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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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Gastric bypass any thing like the lapband?

Gastric bypass any thing like the lapband?

No: Band does not involve cutting the stomach or re-routing intestines. ...Read more

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Gastric bypass, lapband, stomach stapling, what's the difference?

Gastric bypass, lapband, stomach stapling, what's the difference?

Bariatric surgery: It's gastric bypass, lap band, and sleeve gastrectomy. Stomach stapling can mean a lot of different things. Not enough room to answer your question here. Look on the web, like http://www.Realize.Com to read about the various operations. ...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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How are gastric band operation and gastric bypass different?

Weight loss: The band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to restrict the amount of food you can consume. It is adjustable depending on the amount of food you can eat and weight loss. The bypass permanently changes the anatomy by re-routing the intestines. The sleeve gastrectomy permanently changes the size of the stomach. All work well for the right people. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass surgery good?

Is gastric bypass surgery good?

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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Stomach bypass surgery safe?

Stomach bypass surgery safe?

Mostly...: Modern bariatric procedures have become more standardized and safer. However, you need to go through a complete evaluation process to determine whether it is right for you. The most important decision is perhaps picking the right program with a good record. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is gastric sleeve safer or gastric bypass surgery is safer?

Can you tell me is gastric sleeve safer or gastric bypass surgery is safer?

Sleeve gastrectomy: That's a common misconception by patients. The gastric bypass is a more complicated operation than a sleeve, but the risk of a leak is the same for either operation. In addition, if a leak occurs, it is much harder to control in a sleeve than in a bypass. There are many other pros/cons for each, but the bottom line is that the risk is about equal. For diabetes and heartburn/reflux, bypass is best. ...Read more

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Are nsaids ever safe after gastric bypass?

Are nsaids ever safe after gastric bypass?

NSAIDS after: Weight loss surgery is discouraged. Acetaminophen is ok, the rest carry the risk of causing ulcers in the stomach. Topic compounded medications may be a solution to acute, localized pain. ...Read more

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Has anyone done surgery for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)?

Has anyone done surgery for GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease)?

Common: It is a fairly common laparoscopic surgery performed by surgeons with expertise in this type of surgery. Names of surgery may be laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal remedies for acid/gastric reflux?

Are there any herbal remedies for acid/gastric reflux?

Should be treated: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read more

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Witch slows gastric emptying more Carafate (sucralfate) or proton pump inhabitants?

Witch slows gastric emptying more Carafate (sucralfate) or proton pump inhabitants?

Neither: Carafate (sucralfate) tends to bind to sites oozing blood. Proton pump inhibitors partially block hcl acid secreting cells in upper 2/3 of stomach from making & secreting acid; look up the prescribing information. No evidence either have much affect on stomach emptying. Many meds prescribed by docs because available, even though low odds of being helpful - promotes illusions (to the foolish) of being helpful. ...Read more

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Is laparoscopic nissen fundoplication similar to lap band?

Is laparoscopic nissen fundoplication similar to lap band?

No: A lap band is a device that wraps around the top of your stomach used to treat obesity. A fundoplication wraps the top of your stomach around itself to treat reflux. ...Read more

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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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Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Is balloon sinuplasty useful? Effective? Any risks?

Yes: When done for the right reasons for chronic sinusitis, sinus surgery (balloon or otherwise) is 90-95% effective at reducing symptoms. Recovery time is shorter (1-3 days) with balloon sinuplasty, and I do this procedure in-office with local anesthesia. Risks are low but similar to any sinus procedure: scarring, bleeding, infection, recurrent disease, eye/brain injury, need for further surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Can a gastric bypass patient take correctol laxitive?

Can a gastric bypass patient take correctol laxitive?

Short term : Constipation is fairly common after gastric bypass. Correctal laxative is ok for a short course. Long term constipation is best managed with fiber or miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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