Lap-band vs Gastric Bypass

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
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