Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap-Band Surgery
Both gastric sleeve surgery and lap-band surgery use restrictive techniques to provide weight loss. Both are similar regarding expected weight loss and complication rates, but they do have significant differences. So let’s take a look at gastric sleeve vs. lap-band and really see what those differences and similarities are.
Notable Difference – Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap-Band
The main difference between these bariatric surgeries is whether or not the operation is reversible. Gastric sleeve is a permanent weight loss surgery, unlike gastric banding. However, resection of the gastric fundus greatly reduces the plasma ghrelin production after gastric sleeve but not after gastric banding. This hormonal change in sleeve surgery contributes to superior weight loss compared to lap-band.
Gastric Sleeve vs. Lap Band Table Comparison
|Method of Weight Loss||Restrictive||Stomach size reduced|
|Stomach Alterations||Stomach size reduced||Stomach size reduced|
|Changes to Intestine||No Change||No Change|
|Average Hospital Stay|
|Time off Work|
|Surgery Description||Long narrow vertical pouch (about 2-3 oz or 60-100cc). Same shape as the duodenal switch pouch but smaller. No intestinal bypass. The VG significantly restricts the volume of food that can be eaten. There is a no malabsorption of nutrients or dumping.||The Lap-Band is an adjustable silicone ring placed around the stomach’s top part, creating a small (1-2 ounce or 15-30cc) pouch. It moderately restricts the volume of foods the patient can consume. The Band delays the emptying of the pouch and creates the sensation of satiety. No malabsorption.|
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Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG) is also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG). Gastric sleeve surgery can be performed minimally invasive and provides a lifetime approach to weight loss. Gastric sleeve patients commonly opt to revise the surgery to duodenal switch and any gastric bypass.
Gastric Banding Surgery
Gastric Banding Surgery is also known under the brand names: Lap-Band and REALIZE band. Often performed laparoscopically, gastric banding is a common procedure requiring a commitment to lose weight and many physician visits.
We hope that this cross-comparison of gastric sleeve versus lap-band (gastric banding) surgery has proved helpful for you. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us anytime.