Which is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me: Lap Band or Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Lap band surgery and sleeve gastrectomy, also known as gastric sleeve, are two of the bariatric surgeries offered at Beverly Hills Physicians. These two procedures have the same goal: to get the patient down to a healthy weight so they can control or potentially eliminate their obesity-related conditions such as sleep apnea or osteoarthritis. These illnesses associated with obesity, called comorbidities, often disappear once a patient loses weight and keeps it off. Many of our Beverly Hills Physicians patients have gone off blood pressure medication or can decrease their insulin as a result of losing weight successfully.
Lap Band surgery differs from gastric sleeve surgery in that it is less invasive and no permanent alterations are made to the digestive system. One key benefit of lap band surgery is that it is less prone to complications, but a drawback is that weight loss is often more gradual and may not be as high as it would be with gastric sleeve surgery. Both procedures curb hunger pangs and cravings, but gastric sleeve surgery removes the hunger-causing hormone with the removal of a segment of the stomach that is taken out during the surgery. Both surgeries are highly effective in helping patients lose weight, but it is up to you and your Beverly Hills Physicians bariatric surgeon to determine which would be best for your individual desires and circumstances.
If you have wondered about whether the lap band or gastric sleeve is right for you, contact Beverly Hills Physicians today or come to one of our FREE educational seminars throughout Southern California. We look forward to helping you discover the best option to put an end to your battle with excess body weight.