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Gastric Bypass Gastric Banding Sleeve Gastrectomy
Procedure
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure involving multiple areas of the abdomen changes normal process of digestion
  • Not reversible
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure no stomach stapling, cutting or intestinal re-routing
  • Reversible
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure requires stapling
  • Not reversible
Implanted Device
  • No significant hardware in body
  • Requires implanted medical device
  • No significant hardware in body
Advantages
  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Slightly increased total weight loss
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
  • Low mortality rate
  • Low complication rate
  • No change to normal digestion or nutrient absorption
  • Lower risk of surgical complications
  • No Dumping Syndrome1
  • Lowest mortality rate
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
  • Suited for patients with health conditions that do not make them good candidates for other weight loss surgeries
  • Leaves stomach openings intact so digestion occurs normally
  • Lower risk of surgical complications
  • No Dumping Syndrome1
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
Risks or Complications
  • Changes normal digestion
  • Staple separation or leakage
  • Potential inability to see some organs with x-ray or endoscopy
  • Ulcers
  • Dumping syndrome 1
  • Increased gas
  • Band may slip, leak or erode port may dislodge
  • Tube and port complications (kinking, infection and disconnection)
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus of stomach
  • Staple separation or leakage
  • Ulcers
  • Dyspepsia (upset stomach or indigestion)
  • Esophageal dysmotility
  • Fistula (an abnormal connection between organs or vessels)
Recovery Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to four weeks Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks Normal activity within a few days; full recovery within two to four weeks
Follow-Up Regular follow up to track Progress Regular follow up to and adjustments necessary for best results Regular follow up to track progress
Weight Loss Rapid weight loss over 3-6 months, settling at final weight 18-24 months after surgery Slow and steady weight loss setting at final weight around five years after surgery About 50% of desired weight loss within two years; about 80% of desired weight loss at about three years. Patients with a BMI > 60 may require additional malabsorptive procedure to achieve total weight loss goal.