Which Bariatric Surgery Option Is Right For You?

It’s no secret that weight loss surgery can help people achieve a more ideal appearance. Whether it’s Lap-Band surgery or laparoscopic bypass or other related weight-loss surgery, there are a number of procedures to help patients reach their ultimate goal: a healthier lifestyle.

Yet, getting to that point requires a number of things, research, dedication and readjustment. Research, for when a patient needs to sift through each operation and nail down the one that’s most suitable to their needs. Dedication, for establishing a more disciplined approach both pre and post surgery. Readjustment, for using this opportunity to feel comfortable and determined to incorporate a healthy mindset for what lies ahead.

With those three factors in mind, patients must come to grips with bariatric surgery and how each procedure shares similar characteristics, but ultimately have subtle differences that appeal more to certain patients than others. That’s why below, I’ve given three examples of weight loss surgeries and how they differ from each other.

Lap-Band:

  • Relatively new operation that has become pretty popular in recent years.
  • Less invasive surgery, with patients’ post-op stays at the hospital usually around a day, at most.
  • The weight loss doesn’t drop drastically from the get-go, but rather it’s more gradual over a 2-year time period.
  • May be reversed, or for all intents and purposes, is rather flexible. Reasons being some patients may become, or want to be, pregnant or are not adjusting away from their old nutritional habits.
  • The “dumping syndrome” is non-existent. This refers to symptoms that may occur after surgery, like nausea, vomiting, fatigue dizziness and other mild to moderate after-effects.

Gastric Bypass

  • Significant weight loss within the first 3 or 6 months and capping off somewhere around a year and a half.
  • Has been known to incur the “dumping syndrome”.
  • Operation is a bit more complex than the Lap-Band, requiring incisions in multiple areas of the stomach as opposed to just one focal point.
  • More recognized weight loss surgery among the three.
  • Can’t be reversed because of the fact that there are multiple incisions and it would basically be re-operating on tissue, which isn’t highly recommended.

Gastric Sleeve

  • Can be worked into “stages”, where patient returns at a later date to finish. Thus, the flexibility allows for patients who have busy timetables.
  • Doesn’t require readjustments.
  • “Dumping syndrome” is no where to be found.
  • Weight loss projections are similar to Lap-Band, in that it’s more gradual than drastic.
  • Has more of a reach to all patients, especially those who may not qualify for the gastric bypass or Lap-Band.

And that’s just a taste of the different options out there. These are some of the most basic similarities and differences and for that, patients should do ample research until they’ve discovered which bariatric surgery is best for them and their future.

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