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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is better gastric bypass or lap band? Which yields better long term results?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is better gastric bypass or lap band? Which yields better long term results?

Bypass vs band: The gastric bypass is the gold standard for weight loss operations and results in the greatest amount of long term weight loss. The lap band is still a good operation, but it's results are variable and less consistent. Because of this, the lap band has become far less popular in the past few years. ...Read more

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Gastric Bypass Surgery (Definition)

Gastric bypass surgery is a restrictive and malabsorptive procedure to help lose weight. Restrictive is in the fact that the stomach is down sized to a 2 oz pouch and malabsorptive is in bypassing part of the stomach and 100 to 150 cm of the small ...Read more


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What is the price of gastric bypass or lap-band surgery?

What is the price of gastric bypass or lap-band surgery?

Cost of bypass: That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places. ...Read more

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What is the name of the weight loss surgery that is not gastric bypass or lap band?

What is the name of the weight loss surgery that is not gastric bypass or lap band?

Gastric sleeve: Gastric sleeve is newer than lap band and gastric bypass. All these procedures are effective. Best results are with a team and bariatric program before surgery. Okay to visit with local surgeons who perform bariatric surgery. ...Read more

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What's the difference between gastric bypass and lap band?

Lots: Bypass involves cutting the stomach and re arranging the guts. A band is simply put around the stomach. See a weight loss surgeon for details and diagrams as well as risks and benefits. ...Read more

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What's the primary difference between gastric bypass and lap band?

What's the primary difference between gastric bypass and lap band?

Main difference: Is that bypass is a bigger operation that redirects the food passage from the stomach to small intestine; whereas lap band is a relatively simpler operation that restricts the stomach volume that can accommodate food. ...Read more

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What is the difference between gastric bypass and a lap-band? What are some of the dangers? I need to describe 2 dangers of gastric bypass and lap-band procedure but i thought they were one in the same

Gastric : Gastric bypass surgery is a more invasive surgical procedure, has a stapling of the stomach to reduce its size, and has a new connection of the small intestine to the new smaller stomach remnant. The risks with this surgery would be low risk of bleeding, some risk of infection or leakage from the new intestinal connection, and some risk of adhesions causing intestinal blockage later. A lap-band is a shorter surgical procedure where an inflatable band is placed around the upper stomach, shrinking the size of the stomach. There is no stomach stapling or new intestinal connection performed. The risks of this surgery can be slippage of the band so the band does not work correctly, erosion of the band through the full lining of the stomach, low risk of infection, and risk that the band does not work well and not enough weight loss occurs. Both surgical procedures can result in some food intolerance, vomiting, pain, and possibly too much or too little weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the normal. Costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgeries?

What are the normal. Costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgeries?

Hospital accountant: The hospital accountant office were the surgery would be performed can inform you of the approximate cost for each procedure. Cost will vary by hospital and country. ...Read more

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Docs, could a teen get the lap band or gastric bypass?

Docs, could a teen get the lap band or gastric bypass?

Yes: Currently, the most widely performed procedures in adolescents are the roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the adjustable gastric band. Sleeve gastrectomy has also been increasingly performed in adolescents. ...Read more

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Can a lap band procedure be done if patients already had gastric bypass?

Can a lap band procedure be done if patients already had gastric bypass?

No: If you have had a gastric bypass and are gaining weight, you need to see your bariatric surgeon to see why. There are a number of reasons why this could happen. A lap band should not be done after a gastric bypass. ...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 lap band and gastric bypass surgery different?

How are lap band and gastric bypass surgery different?

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 more

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Woud you please discuss the costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgery?

Woud you please discuss the costs for lap band vs. Gastric bypass surgery?

Cost of bypass: That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places. ...Read more

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Is gastric bypass/lap band surgery elective since they should just stop eating?

Is gastric bypass/lap band surgery elective since they should just stop eating?

Bypass ; band: It is elective surgery because it isn't emergency surgery. It has nothing to do with the fact that an obese person may eat too much. ...Read more

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Main difference (recovery wise, etc) between getting lap band and gastric bypass surgery?

Main difference (recovery wise, etc) between getting lap band and gastric bypass surgery?

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 more

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What are the common resources for finding help with gastric bypass and/ or lap band surgery?

Seminar: You should contact the weight loss centers in your area. Most have seminars that discuss the procedures performed there. Check their credentials and those of the center, then ask around. ...Read more

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Can a person have gastric bypass or a lap band if they have had a nissen fundoplication? I am just curious if I am a candidate

Can a person have gastric bypass or a lap band if they have had a nissen fundoplication? I am just curious if I am a candidate

Technically, : Technically, yes, you can have bariatric surgery after a nissen fundoplication. A previous nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) will make bariatric surgery more difficult and put you at higher risk for certain complications such as stomach injury and leak. A gastric bypass would be the most effective procedure that would also treat gerd. If you are pursuing bariatric surgery, you should let your surgeon know up front that you have had this type of procedure and make sure they would be willing to do your surgery. ...Read more

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Is it allowed for a teenager to get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Is it allowed for a teenager to get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Teen: Waiting until 18 would be ideal but 16 ; 17 year olds can have surgery but should only do so at an adolescent weight loss surgery program and after extensive evaluation. This includes the usual evaluations by the surgeon, dietician, ; social worker, plus a pediatric endocrinologist, pediatrician, and x-rays of their growth plates to prove physiologic maturity. ...Read more

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Im 28 hispanic male 5'9 n weigh 350, is there any program or insurance that can help me get the lap band or gastric bypass surgery?

Start investigating: First place to start is with your insurance company as many will pay for bariatric surgery if you meet their established criteria. Second is to start investigating the surgeons that do the procedure. Get recommendations and referrals from others that have gone through the surgery. Lastly, start an exercise routine now that you will commit to continuing after the surgery. ...Read more

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Can a 15 year-old teen who has diabetes and is 50 pounds overweight get the lap band or gastric bypass?

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 more

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