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Gastric Sleeve Vs Lap Band

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Gastric Sleeve vs Lap Band

Patients often ask our team at West Medical about Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap Band. That makes sense because these two procedures, as well as the older gastric bypass, tend to be addressed in the media as if they were all the same operation. That’s clearly not the case and we hope the following descriptions will make the respective features of these procedures plain.

Lap Band

“Lap Band” is actually a brand name for a set of surgeries that involve the use of a silicone band to basically tie-off most of the stomach. The procedure reduces the appetite because shrinking the capacity of the stomach makes overeating highly uncomfortable.

The band itself is both adjustable and removable, an aspect of the operation that many patients have found reassuring. However, the flip side is that a Lap Band is not just one procedure. A number of adjustments are typically required in order for the patient to get the maximum benefit. Moreover, the number of mostly relatively minor – but significant – complications associated with the procedure has tended to increase over the years. Also, while banding has produced outstanding results for many, a growing number of patients who felt they can do better have explored getting their procedure revised into something more powerful.

Gastric Sleeve

The gastric sleeve has become the most popular procedure even though it is somewhat more invasive than Lap Bands and is not reversible. This is because the procedure is highly effective and far less radical compared to the gastric bypass, once the gold standard in bariatric medicine. While the bypass reorganizes the digestive tract, the gastric sleeve works by simply removing about 85% of the stomach. What remains resembles a sleeve-like pouch.

The procedure has proven to be extremely helpful in limiting the nagging feelings of appetite that sooner or later sabotage the large majority of attempts to defeat severe obesity. Increasingly, doctors believe sleeve procedures have proven to be more effective than banding because removing a large portion of the stomach also removes the part of the digestive system which produces most of the body’s hunger-inducing hormones. The result is that patients are discouraged from overeating not only due to the fact that it has become uncomfortable but because they are also experiencing less of the hungry feelings that might cause them to overeat in the first place.

As sleeve procedures have become more prominent, the data on their benefits have become clearer along with the reduced number of complications. Lap Band-to-sleeve conversions have become increasingly popular for this reason.

Make an Informed Choice

Every patient is different and dealing with severe obesity is a highly individual matter. To find out which procedure works best for you, the first step is to get in touch with the West Medical team. To get started, just call us at the phone number above or reach out to us through our contact page

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At West Medical, it’s more than just giving you the medical attention you require that we emphasize; it’s making sure you’re completely taken care of. We understand that health care decisions can be difficult and may sometimes feel overwhelming, but we are always ready to help patients make good choices and enjoy the best possible outcomes.

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At West Medical, our physicians are dedicated to individualized treatment, ensuring that your specific needs are met. To learn more about gastric sleeve in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire, as well as other weight loss options, call us at (855) 690-0565 and schedule your consultation today!

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