Lap-band vs Gastric Bypass
 
 


ROUX-EN-Y-GASTRIC BYPASS
LAP-BAND®
Gold standard, time tested
Promising new technology
Complex operation, multiple areas of abdomen involved
Simpler operation, gives lower risk around surgery (less chance of death or prolonged hospitalization)
Rapid weight-loss over 3-6 months, settling at final weight 10-16 months after surgery
Slow and steady weight-loss, settling at final weight around 2 years after surgery
Deficiency in mineral absorption, requiring long-term supplements
No malabsorption or vitamin deficiencies
Dumping syndrome (intolerance to sugars and some carbohydrates)
No Dumping syndrome
Not reversible
Reversible
No significant hardware in body
Long term (non-reactive) plastic material in body
More expensive procedure

The Band can be adjusted for best success

The Band must be adjusted for best success

Less expensive procedure