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Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve: Which One Is for You?

It’s not an easy choice. This comparison can help inform your decision about medical weight loss surgery

A third of Ohioans is obese — ranking it eighth in the country for the adult obesity rate. And with obesity comes a whole host of additional health risks, like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and stroke.

Those looking to reduce these obesity-related health risks are turning to medical weight loss surgeries like gastric bypass. The procedure resolves diabetes 80 percent of the time, and patients lose an average of 70 percent of extra weight.

But gastric bypass isn’t the only option. Curious about the difference between the adjustable gastric band, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass? Explore the advantages between the three surgeries below.

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

• Minimally invasive with small incisions
• Shorter hospital stay
• Adjustable without additional surgery
• Can support pregnancy
• Removable at any time

Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve

• No cutting, bypassing or stapling of the intestine
• Less concern about vitamin and calcium absorption
• No adjustments or artificial devices put into place
• Most foods are possible

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery

• Tiny incisions, resulting is less scarring and easier healing
• Excellent cosmetic result
• Less pain
• Fewer wound complications
• Faster recovery
• Shorter hospital stay
• Resuming physical activity sooner
• Much less risk of hernia formation
• Greatly reduced need for a second major operation to repair an incisional hernia

Interested in learning more about bariatric weight loss surgery. Schedule an appointment with an OhioHealth weight management expert.