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.
Bypass and band. Two very different operations. Lap band is the safest and is reversible which attracts a lot of patients. On the other hand, failure rates are high, it is easy to cheat, weight loss is slower. Bypass is the gold standard, been around for 50yrs, results in the greatest weight loss, highest cure rates for diabetes, hypertension, etc, but has a higher risk. There's a lot more but not enough room here.

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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...

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

They. Are similar with respect to surgical fees but you are hospitalized longer after a gastric bypass on average. Read more...
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...

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

See below. I would not recommend any teenager to have lap band or gastric bypass surgery. She needs to be evaluated thoroughly by her physician to find out what reasons she has for her weight gain. Lap band surgery and gastric bypass are not the panacea they're made out to be. Just ask al rocher he has some regrets. Have her pediatrician evaluator thoroughly. Read more...
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...

I'm 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...
Yes. Your current bmi is 51.1. This places you in the super, morbidly obese category. A gastric bypass or gastric sleeve would be a much better option than a gastric band in optimizing your weight loss. Find a surgical weight loss seminar somewhere near you. These seminars will discuss the various procedures available as well as insurance criteria and even finance options if you don't have insurance. Read more...
WLSFA is one option . Weight loss surgery foundation of america is the only resource i know that works to get coverage for needy people. They are scattered around country. Good luck. Read more...
Yes. Most insurances, including medicare and medicaid cover the surgeries. There are also several medical loan companies that finance the surgeries. Read more...

When after having a baby can someone undergo gastric bypass surgery or lap band surgery?

3 Months. But why? Diet, exercize, push the baby carriage, avoid significant risks and high return rate? Read more...
Band after baby. There is no absolute rule of thumb on this, but i would wait at least 6 months for your body to recover and get back to pre-pregnancy weight before having surgery. Also, taking care of a newborn is a lot of work and you probably want things settle down a bit because you won't want to be up all night with the baby during the first week after surgery. Read more...

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...
Obesity help . http://www.lapband.com/ http://www.Realize.Com http://www.Obesityhelp.Com. Read more...

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...