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Lap Band And Bmi
Yes it is: Please keep in mind that in addition to the laparoscopic band, the sleeve gastrectomy represents a good alternative option. They have been doing the band in europe since 1992 and by early 2000's many bands were being removed due to long term complications. Please so your homework and discuss the sleeve with your surgeon, it doesn't mean it is the best option for you but at least learn about it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more
Lap = gastric: Lap band and gastric band are the same. Band over bypass is done when some doctors place the band around the gastric pouch after a gastric bypass. Our group has stopped offering band over bypass due to high rate of erosion and the fact that the bans can't be placed between the pouch and the small intestine. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Malabsorption: The lap band is a device placed to make the stomach seem smaller thus allowing you to eat less and feel satisfied. With the bypass, a surgeon creates a smaller stomach by cutting which has a similar effect. Additionally, the intestines are cut and rerouted so that the upper segment is "bypassed". This decreases the absorption of food which leads to faster and relatively easier weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can a 15 year-old teen who has diabetes and is 50 pounds overweight get the lap band or gastric bypass?
See below: This will probably not be offered at the age of 15. What should be encouraged is a serious attempt at weight loss, if needed this can be done in an inpatient setting. The diabetes will probably minimize once the weight is brought under control. Parents can help by removing unhealthy food options from the home. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A couple weeks: Recovery following laparoscopic banding or bypass is often less than 2 weeks. You won't be 100%, but should be able to return to a desk job in this time. For manual labor, recovery will be longer. There are many other differences which can't be fully covered in this format. I would recommend looking for a free seminar in your area to further investigate this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleeve is better IMO: Lap band entails putting a silicone ring that is slowly inflated to cinch up the top of the stomach so you can't eat as much. It doesn't have as great weight loss as the sleeve, and often has problems like nausea/pain, migration/slippage/erosion. The sleeve has better weight loss, more durable, and also improves the metabolic problems assoc w/obesity like diabetes. See a surgeon for more info! ...Read more
Both similar: The sleeve and bypass work in almost all patients. Our experience is to expect about an 80% excess body weight loss with the bypass and 70% with the sleeve. So if you weigh 250 and you are supposed to weigh 150, then you have an excess weight of 100 lbs. Most patients make their decision based on side effects or risks. Both are great. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm torn between having a tummy tuck versus the gastric sleeve. Which one will be more beneficial. I weight around 190lbs and 4'11.
General Surgeon.: General surgeons perform the surgery to place the lap band. Some of these general surgeons have undergone fellowship training (1 year) in bariatric surgery to learn these techniques as well as other types of weight loss operations (gastric bypass, duodenal switch, etc.). There is no separate board certification process outside of that for general surgeons through the american board of surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes but ...: make sure you discuss that with your surgeon. It helps to have the operative records from previous surgeries as well. It also depends on how long ago that surgery was and if there were any complications. It most likely won't be an issue, but it is something to discuss with your surgeon in advance and to understand any potential risks. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer