LAP-BAND® vs. Gastric Bypass Surgery
Lap band surgery is less invasive than gastric bypass surgery because neither the intestine nor stomach is cut or stapled during the procedure. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, it is also completely reversible. Because lap band surgery does not permanently alter a patient’s anatomy, it is a good option for morbidly obese patients who are hesitant to receive gastric bypass surgery. The LAP-BAND® procedure may also be a safer choice for patients who are under 20 or over 60, and others who are at high risk for complications following bariatric surgery.
The advantage of lap band surgery is that your bariatric surgeon can adjust the size of the outlet created by the band. The band is connected by tubing to a reservoir of saline that is placed beneath your skin during your initial lap band surgery. After surgery, our surgeons can control the amount of saline in the band by piercing the reservoir through the skin with a fine needle. Similar to a blood pressure cuff, the inner surface of the band inflates or deflates, changing the size of the opening between the two parts of your stomach. Changing the size of the opening is a normal part of follow-up care for patients who have undergone lap band surgery at our Dallas bariatric surgery center.
Possible Risks and Complications
Lap band surgery carries many of the same risks as the other weight loss surgery–gastric bypass–available at our Dallas, Texas practice. However, due to the less invasive nature of the procedure, the risks of LAP-BAND® surgery are significantly less severe than the complications associated with open gastric bypass. As a result, our bariatric surgeons often recommend lap band surgery to patients who run a higher risk of post-op complications.
Possible LAP-BAND® complications include:
LAP-BAND® Erosion – In some rare cases, a band can erode into a patient’s stomach. This requires an additional LAP-BAND® surgery to remove the eroded band.
Other Band Complications – Occasionally, the band can lead to obstruction or perforation of the stomach. These complications may require revisional Lap band surgery. Also, the pouch may stretch or the restricting band may break or migrate, allowing patients to eat too much.
Attend one of our free weight loss seminars in our Dallas office to learn more about the benefits of lap band surgery.