Lap Band vs. Mini Gastric Bypass2018-09-04T16:56:59+00:00

Lap Band vs. Mini Gastric Bypass

Lap Band (Adjustable Gastric Band)

A Lighter Me does not recommend the lap band procedure. A gastric sleeve operation is more affordable and often provides better results.

Overview

Adjustable gastric band surgery is done laparoscopically. It is considered one of the least invasive weight loss surgeries. During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the upper abdomen and then places a soft silicone ring with an expandable balloon around the top of the stomach. The silicone ring, or band, creates a small stomach pouch, which causes the patient to feel full after eating only a small amount of food. The band is adjustable; fluid can be added to or removed from the balloon through a port that is placed under the skin. The reduction in the intake of food, due to the patient feeling fuller more quickly, can result in significant weight loss.

Patient Eligibility

Individuals who have certain stomach or intestinal disorders, take aspirin frequently, or are addicted to alcohol or drugs are not eligible for this procedure. This procedure is only performed on individuals who are 18 or older.

Average Weight Loss Results

Weight loss results vary widely based on patient motivation and compliance. On average, most patients lose approximately 40 to 60 percent of their excess body weight after this procedure. Initially, most patients can expect to lose about 2 or 3 pounds per week, and then their weight loss will drop to about one pound per week. Adjustments to the band can be made if necessary.

Recovery Time

Most people are able to return to work one week after the procedure, and they can resume normal activities after 6 weeks.

Common Side Effects

This procedure has a moderate risk of long-term complications. Between 15 and 60 percent of patients end up needing to have the procedure completed again due to implant malposition, erosion, frequent vomiting, or lack of weight loss. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, constipation, indigestion, ulceration at the band site, dehydration, and weight regain.

Cost

The cost of this procedure varies, but on average it costs approximately $3,500 with insurance and $15,000 without insurance.

References:
https://www.medicinenet.com/lap_band_surgery_gastric_banding/article.htm#who_are_candidates_for_the_lap_band_system
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/gastroenterology/laparoscopic_adjustable_gastric_banding_135,63

Mini Gastric Bypass

A Lighter Me helps patients receive the mini gastric bypass surgery.

Overview

During a mini gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is made smaller, and the intestines are rerouted. It is performed laparoscopically by making 4 to 6 small incisions in the abdomen. The stomach is reduced by up to 90 percent, and then it is attached approximately 6 feet down the small intestines; this allows for food to bypass the upper intestines. It is sometimes chosen over a regular Roux-en-Y gastric bypass because it has a lower likelihood of complications, it has less side effects, and it is reversible. The weight loss results for mini gastric bypass are usually fairly comparable to those of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Mini gastric bypass makes patients feel fuller faster, allows for less absorption of calories and minerals, and is known to significantly improve overall health. Weight loss with this procedure is often fast and dramatic. Most people are also able to keep the weight off long term.

Patient Eligibility

In general, the best candidates for mini gastric bypass are those with a BMI over 40 or those with a BMI between 35 and 40 plus other weight-related health conditions.

Average Weight Loss Results

On average, within the first 3 months after the surgery, patients lose about 30 percent of their excess body weight. Within a year, 60 to 75 percent of excess body weight is often gone. After 10 years, most patients still show a total weight loss of 70 percent of their excess body weight. Results depend upon the patient’s adherence to diet and lifestyle changes.

Recovery Time

Patients typically must stay in the hospital for a day or two after surgery. They can usually return to work in 10 to 14 days, and most should be fully recovered after 3 weeks.

Common Side Effects

Patients may experience gallstones from the rapid weight loss and kidney stones from not drinking enough fluids. Hair loss is also somewhat common during the first 3 to 6 months after surgery. Sagging skin can also happen due to the rapid shedding of a significant amount of weight.

Cost

Most insurances do not cover mini gastric bypass. The average cost of the surgery ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 in the US. A Lighter Me helps patients receive the mini bypass surgery at a fraction of the cost. Learn more about the mini gastric bypass.

References:
https://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1242&context=pa