Comparison between Lap Band and Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most common types of weight loss procedures, which are being used over 30 years and with impressive weight loss results. On the other hand, lap band surgery is a modern approach for weight loss and is less invasive and making it more popular due to its long term weight loss and fewer side effects.

Here is the brief comparison between lap band and gastric bypass surgery:

Procedure

Lap Band Surgery

Gastric Bypass Surgery

The procedure

A silicon belt is fitted around the upper part of the stomach and creates a 1-2 oz stomach pouch

Portion of the stomach is stapled to reduce the portion size and small intestine cut and rerouted

Weight loss approach

Reduces amount of food intake and slows your digestion process

Reduces amount of food intake and also reduces absorption

Dietary guidelines

1. 800 calories/day for initial 2-3 years and then 1000-1200 calories per day

2. Consume foods rich in protein

3. Drink 6-8 cups of water a day between meals

4. Avoid high carb and high calorie foods

5. Avoid carbonated drinks

1. 800 calories/day for initial 1-2 years and then 1000-1200 calories per day

2. Consume foods rich in protein

3. Drink 6-8 cups of water a day between meals

4. Avoid high carb and high calorie foods

5. Avoid carbonated drinks

Operating time

One hour

Two hours

Hospital stay

2 days

2-3 days

Time off from work

1 week

2-3 weeks

Recovery time

About 6 weeks

About 3 months

Eating habits

1. 3 small meals a day is recommended

2. Avoid snacking in between the meals

3. Consume food slowly and chew thoroughly

1. Eat small amounts

2. Avoid snacking in between the meals

3. Consume food slowly and chew thoroughly

Nutritional supplements

Multivitamin and calcium

Multivitamin, calcium, iron and B12

Advantages

1. Adjustable

2. Reversible

3. Simple and relatively safe procedure

4. Less invasive

5. Short recovery time

6. Less malnutrition risk

1. Rapid weight loss within 6 months

2. Controls the amount of food can be eaten

3. Reduces the amount of calories absorbed by the body

18. September 2011 19:32 by bariactric | Comments (0) | Permalink

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