For many patients, combating weight gain can be a tough battle. There are many different options out there to help reduce the number on the scale, but a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy gives many patients another option to get their weight and diet back on track.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery considers the gastric bypass surgery the “gold standard” for operations that focus on weight loss. Gastric bypass helps to reduce the number of calories that an individual can consume and process.
The number of adjustable gastric bands being placed continue to decrease drastically. With the increased popularity of the sleeve gastrectomy, the long term complications associated with the band, and the relative difficulty in sustaining weight loss with the band has made the adjustable gastric band an increasingly unpopular choice in weight loss procedures. Many patients are choosing to have them removed.
Often times when removing an adjustable gastric band, patients can be converted to a sleeve gastrectomy. Usually, this can be done in 1 operation. However, occasionally this is a 2-operation process. If there are significant adhesions and capsule around the stomach, it may not be safe to remove the band and convert to a sleeve during the same procedure.
When patients are looking to be converted from a gastric band to another type of bariatric procedure, a gastric bypass is an alternative. Particularly if patients have significant gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), converting to a gastric bypass may be a good choice.