Let’s take a look at how Gastric Bypass Surgery compares in cost, scope, and health risks to Lap Band Surgery. Pay close attention to the safety and effectiveness of each – we are certain that the safety statistics, the advantages, and the uniqueness of the Lap Band make it the most optimal solution for patients struggling with obesity.

Compare Gastric Bypass vs Lap Band Side by Side

Lap Band Procedure
“An adjustable and removable plastic band placed around the upper stomach dividing it into a tiny pouch above the band with the remaining stomach below.”

IMPORTANT SAFETY STATISTICS:

Mortality rate: 0.05%

Total complications: 9%

Major complications: 0.2%

Gastric Bypass Procedure
“An irreversible surgical procedure that forever changes the body’s anatomy making a portion of the stomach nonfunctioning and to reroute food intake to the small intestine.”

IMPORTANT SAFETY STATISTICS:

Mortality rate: 0.5 – 2%

Total complications: 23%

Major complications: 2.1%

How long does the procedure take? (Lap Band)
The procedure is routine and only takes approximately 25 minutes.
How long does the procedure take? (Gastric Bypass)
The procedure takes approximately one to four hours to complete.

How would you describe the procedure? (Lap Band)
The lap band is placed around the upper part of the stomach to form a ring. It is locked and secured with minimal stitching.
How would you describe the procedure? (Gastric Bypass)
The stomach is divided into an upper small pouch and a lower larger remnant pouch by cutting and rerouting the small intestine. Surgical staples are used to keep the small intestine in place.

Is the procedure reversible? (Lap Band)
Yes! One of the unique features of the Lap Band is that it is reversible and adjustable – it can be removed completely, or adjusted for the desired rate of weight loss.
Is the procedure reversible? (Gastric Bypass)
The procedure is a permanent change of the body’s anatomy – it CANNOT be reversed.

How long do I have to be in the hospital? (Lap Band)
Patients are discharged the day after surgery and can return to work with no heavy lifting after just a few days.
How long do I have to be in the hospital? (Gastric Bypass)
Patients are able leave the hospital within 4-6 days, return to work within 21 days, and resume normal activities in 5 weeks.

How quickly can I return to normal activities? (Lap Band)
Patients recover faster and are able to resume normal activities sooner than other methods of weight loss surgery.
How quickly can I return to normal activities? (Gastric Bypass)
fter the surgery, patients usually incur intense pain, swelling, and discomfort which lasts a few weeks.

Are there any major health risks I should be concerned about? (Lap Band)
Although the major risks are significantly less than other forms of bariatric surgery, possible risks do exist and include: band slippage, stretching of the pouch and erosion into the stomach. If any complications become serious, the band can simply be removed or replaced.
Are there any major health risks I should be concerned about? (Gastric Bypass)
Yes. Intense health risks can occur after Gastric Bypass Surgery such as internal bleeding, heart attacks, ulcers, hernias, recurring gallbladder stones, hospitalization, and even death.

What are the most common risks associated with each procedure? (Lap Band)
• Standard risks associated with major surgery
• Nausea and vomiting
• Band slippage (minor revisional surgery)
• Band erosion (minor revisional surgery)
• Access port problems (minor revisional surgery)
What are the most common risks associated with each procedure? (Gastric Bypass)
• Standard risks associated with major surgery
• Nausea and vomiting
• Separation of stapled areas (major revisional surgery)
• Leaks from staple lines (major revisional surgery)
• Nutritional deficiencies

What is the average cost of the procedure? (Lap Band)
Costs: $5,500.00 – $25,000.00 (Avg. $16,125.00)
What is the average cost of the procedure? (Gastric Bypass)
Costs: $14,000.00 – $48,000.00 (Avg $25,000.00)

What are the major advantages of each procedure? (Lap Band)
• Promotes weight loss by restricting amount of food that can be eaten at any one time
• No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal re-routing
• Digestion system is not changed, and digestion goes on as normal
• Adjustable
• Reversible
• Low malnutrition risk
• Done laparoscopically (keyhole surgery)
What are the major advantages of each procedure? (Gastric Bypass)
• Rapid initial weight loss
• Minimally invasive approach is now more common
• Slightly higher total average weight loss reported than with purely restrictive procedures

What are the major disadvantages of each procedure? (Lap Band)
• Slower initial weight loss
• Regular follow-up critical for optimal results
• Requires an implanted medical device
• In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage
• In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor revisional surgery
What are the major disadvantages of each procedure? (Gastric Bypass)
• Cutting and stapling of stomach and bowel are required
• More operative complications
• Portion of digestive tract is bypassed, reducing absorption of essential nutrients
• Medical complications due to nutritional deficiencies
• Dumping syndrome can occur
• Non-adjustable
• Extremely difficult to reverse
• Higher mortality rate