Lap-Band vs. Gastric Sleeve, Which Procedure is Right for Me?

If you are significantly overweight or obese, you likely struggle with more than just numbers on a scale. Being significantly overweight can increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, infertility, depression, and some types of cancer. These risks due to obesity can be notably reduced or even eliminated with bariatric surgery. In many cases, bariatric surgery patients can become less dependent on diabetes medication, or no longer need it at all.

Bariatric surgery is an effective way to lose weight. Weight loss can help you feel more confident about your appearance as well as improve your health and quality of life. While there is a fear that the weight will return post-surgery, studies show that most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term. Two of the most common types of bariatric surgery procedures are lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy (also known as gastric sleeve surgery).


Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold by placing a small, inflatable band around the upper portion of the stomach. The band restricts how much food can be consumed and controls the process of digestion by creating two pouches. The upper pouch is where the food is initially held, while the lower, larger pouch is where the food is digested.


This procedure does not involve cutting the stomach, but does require postoperative diet restrictions and follow-up visits. Regular post-op visits with your doctor are vital to your weight loss success and overall health. In addition to the common risks associates with all weight loss surgeries, the band itself carries complications of its own such as: obstruction, band slippage, esophageal dilation, and poor nutrition. It is important to carefully consider all of your options for weight loss surgery, and Dr. Cernero will be there to take you step-by-step.


While adjustable gastric band surgery is the best choice for some patients, gastric sleeve surgery is generally the better option. Gastric sleeve surgery also reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, but also triggers favorable changes in gut hormones like reducing appetite, suppressing hunger, and controlling blood sugar.


This procedure is performed by removing approximately 75% of the stomach, but only requires hospitalization for about two days. According to a sleeve gastrectomy study, patients have reported that they achieved an average of 55% excess weight loss.

Dr. Cernero will work closely with you to determine if Lap-Band surgery or gastric sleeve surgery is right for you. To schedule a consultation or get additional information, contact Cernero Surgery & Aesthetics at (903) 462-4247.

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