I hear this question all the time and there is no single answer for every person. You have to find your own answer by asking some questions like:
Is the cost of the procedure an issue that will influence my decision on which procedure to have?
Am I looking for a simple or complex bariatric procedure?
Am I looking for the safest procedure?
Am I going to be able to follow the rules for success with the procedure I am choosing?
How much help will I get from the doctor and his staff after any of the Weight Loss Procedures?
Which of the Weight Loss Procedure fits my life style better?
You have to be well informed about all the surgical Weight Loss Options in order to have the answers, but it is also very important for you to know about the doctors that perform the surgies (the Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass), their bariatric experience, their surgical staff, the experience they have in revision surgeries, the ethics and professionalism of the promoters and the Weight Loss follow up and support that they will provide for you after your surgery.
Helpful Facts About Weight Loss Surgery
- There is no ideal Weight Loss Procedure that works for every person. Everyday we do more revision surgeries because of Lap Band, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass failures.
- Gastric Sleeve is the Weight Loss Procedure that results in the best response for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and Hyper-Cholesterol (the Metabolic Effect).
- The Lap band is the simpler and cheapest among the Weight Loss Procedures.
- It is not true that if you are very heavy you will need to have the most drastic procedure.
- Young or elderly patients can have the Lap Band, the Gastric Sleeve or the Gastric Bypass.
- The doctor’s experience influences the outcome of the Weight Loss Procedures.
- The patient´s eating behavior can modify the outcome of any of the Weight Loss Procedures.
- The open message boards have very many doctors’ coordinators trying to send patients their way and might confused patient’s right decisions.
- The procedure with lowest surgical risk is the Lap Band.
- The procedure with the most surgical risk is the Duodenal Switch, followed by the Gastric Bypass.
- The average hospital stay following the Lap Band procedure is one night.
- The average hospital stay following the Gastric Sleeve procedure is two nights.
- The average hospital stay following the Gastric Bypass procedure is three nights.
- The Lap band needs to be “filled” periodically in order to provide optimum weight loss results.
- A person with a Gastric Bypass will need nutritional supplements for life to avoid deficiencies.
- You should avoid alcohol with any bariatric procedure, due to high risk of getting an ulcer.