Lap Band Vs. Gastric Bypass

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Lap Band vs. Gastric Bypass

Losing weight can be a challenge for most people. I know you’ve tried everything diets, physical fitness, and even juicing. In some cases it’s necessary to lose the weight in order to reduce the risk, or even cure certain chronic diseases. There are so many trends when it comes to losing weight. Some people would rather have a major surgery. Like Lap Band or Gastric Bypass surgeries. However there are many risks that go along with these types of surgeries.
The purposes to Bariatric surgeries are to help a patient, who is considering morbidly obese. Or in the case you have a {BMI} body mass index greater than 40. Surgery should be considered if the {BMI} is 35 and accompanied with a comorbid. Comorbidities are diseases like diabetes, hypertension {high blood pressure}, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, liver disease, and arthritis. This purpose is true for both surgeries Lap Band, and Gastric Bypass methods. Having these types of surgeries may make these chronic diseases go away. Let’s face it you will feel better when you become a smaller healthier person.
The similarities quickly change as we move on to how the bariatric procedures are done. The Lap Band surgery is a minimal surgery compared to GBP surgery. When a patient opts to have the Lap Band procedure, it is usually done on an outpatient basis. Performed laparoscopic ally, a saline filled band is placed over the top of the stomach. This saline filled band can be adjusted over time to fit the needs of the patient. The band can also be removed or reversed if desired by the patient or doctor. When having this Lap Band procedure there is no cutting of the intestines, and no removal of any part of the stomach. Each surgeon has their own technique to place the saline band around the stomach. Gastric Bypass on the other hand is a more invasive surgery. The surgeon creates a very small stomach pouch from which the rest of the stomach is permanently divided and separated by using metal staples to cut off the stomach from the small pouch, and connects to the intestines. The surgeon sometimes has to re-arrange the small intestine to connect to both the stomach and big intestine. Surgeons have developed several different ways to reconnect the intestines. Any {GBP} leads to a marked reduction in the functional volume of the stomach, accompanied by an altered physical response to food.
The recovery process for both bariatric surgeries differs in many ways. The Lap Band recovery is minimal in comparison to the {GBP} surgery. After having the Lap Band procedure you can usually go home the same day. But in the case a patient needs to be hospitalized, it usually takes a day and a half at the most. The total surgery takes less than an hour to complete. The Lap Band has a death rate of 1 in 1,000 of the patients that have this procedure. As I look at how the procedure of the {GBP} was done. I knew that the recovery was going to be intense. According to Gastric; the lack of experience of the surgeon, causes a greater risk of complications during, and after the {GBP} surgery. A patient can spend approximately three days in the hospital. Only about 6% of patients have illness due to the {GBP} procedure within the first 30 days. After the surgery there is a very restrictive diet. Only clear liquid for the first 24 hours. Because there have been many cases of gastrointestinal leaks, and internal bleeding. In fact, much of the mortality rate involving the {GBP} procedure can be linked to either bleeding or leaks from the staple line. Reported by Zingmond, McGory, and KO in the” study of people” says that 20.2% of the patients were