What is the Difference Between Lap-Band and Gastric Bypass?

whats-difference-lap-band-gastric-bypass Despite the common goal of significant long-term weight loss, the gastric bypass and the lap-band surgeries couldn’t be more different. First of all, keep in mind that the gastric bypass is a weight loss procedure focused on the rerouting of your digestive tract to reduce both the amount of food you eat and the amount of nutrients you absorb. In contrast, the lap-band procedure is a purely restrictive procedure and doesn’t require any surgical alterations to your digestive tract. Instead, the lap-band procedure decreases the amount of food you can eat by placing an inflatable gastric band around the top part of your stomach, which creates a small pouch.

This week’s article provides a general comparison between the two procedures. For a more detailed comparison, please visit the lap-band vs gastric bypass page on our website.

Lap-Band versus gastric bypass – the day of surgery

During the gastric bypass surgery, a weight loss surgeon staples the stomach and connects the newly-created smaller pouch to the middle portion of the small intestine. The whole procedure takes up to three hours and requires, on average, a three-day hospital stay. Due to its invasiveness, gastric bypass surgery can be performed only on an in-patient basis. Conversely, the lap-band procedure takes only an hour and can be performed in an outpatient weight loss surgical facility and with the maximum stay of five hours. After getting a lap-band procedure done at the DayOne Health Chicago weight loss clinic, patients leave the facility the same day and recover in the comfort of their homes.

Lap-Band versus gastric bypass – recovery

The overall recovery time for gastric bypass and lap-band patients is different due to the nature of these two weight loss surgeries. While after the lap-band surgery you’ll be able to come back to your regular activities after three to four weeks, with the gastric bypass the recovery time typically takes between six to eight weeks. Also, keep in mind that while the lap-band recovery process involves mostly healing of the port site, after gastric bypass your healing and recovery is centered around your digestive system’s response to the surgical re-routing. With the lap-band, the only discomfort you can typically expect is the soreness of the port site.

Both lap-band and gastric bypass surgeries will require you to stay on a specific post-bariatric surgery diet for a while after the procedure. For lap-band patients, we at DayOne Health recommend dieting three to four weeks on average. So that your stomach can heal quickly, we first ask you to stay on liquids and then slowly move toward mushy and then soft foods. Gradual transition toward solid foods is a part of a gastric bypass patient’s recovery as well. However, in comparison to the lap-band, the gastric bypass patients need to stay on pureed foods for a few weeks longer before starting to eat regular solid foods.

Lap-Band procedure in Chicago

DayOne Health is a bariatric clinic located in downtown Chicago that specializes in the lap-band adjustable gastric band procedure. Due to the invasive nature of the gastric bypass, our recommended weight loss procedure alternative for significantly overweight patients is the lap-band surgery. Among our favorite features are the lap-band adjustability and reversibility, which provide a more personalized option and more freedom to our patients on their weight loss journey.

If you would like to hear more about our DayOne Health Chicago weight loss program please contact our office at 312-255-1900 or schedule a one-on-one weight loss consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons today.