LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In the early days of Lap Band surgery, a significant number of patients had their band removed because they didn't feel satisfied with the amount of weight lost. Many of these patients all too quickly wrote off the benefits of weight loss surgery as a result of their one experience with the procedure. An amalgamation of more recent data shows that around 1 in 3 Lap Band patients get the band removed within the first five years of having it placed. While it's perfectly understandable that some patients settled for a Lap Band removal after being unsatisfied with initial results, patients of Dr. Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. have had outstanding results when opting for Lap Band to gastric sleeve revision surgery.
There are several reasons why a gastric sleeve procedure could appeal to previous Lap Band patients:
- A gastric sleeve has both hormonal and physical benefits: What makes the sleeve gastrectomy such an effective procedure is that it involves the removal of an area of the stomach that releases the hunger-craving hormone ghrelin. In addition to making the stomach smaller, the sleeve also cuts down on the hormonal releases that lead to these cravings that are all but indistinguishable from actual hunger.
- Unlike Lap Band surgery, nothing foreign is put into your body: A small number patients experience inflammation around the site of the band, or in some cases, erosion of the band into the stomach. With gastric sleeve surgery, part of the stomach is taken out, but nothing is put in.
- Unlike gastric bypass surgery, there is no organ rerouting: Many weight loss surgery patients chose Lap Band over a gastric bypass procedure because they were squeamish about electing a procedure that involves removing the stomach and rerouting the way the food travels. With the sleeve procedure, the stomach is simply made smaller, so the food travels through your body in the same way.
- The risks are relatively low: While the Lap Band surgery still has the lowest risks of the three most common types of bariatric surgery, the sleeve gastrectomy is a close second. According to studies presented at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the risks of having a serious complication within the first thirty days of getting Lap band and gastric sleeve surgery were found to be 0.25 and .96 percent respectively – less than 1 in 100 patients.
- Gastric sleeve patients tend to lose more weight: At the same ASMBS meeting, it was shown that while Lap Band patients saw a one year body mass index (BMI) reduction of 20 percent, sleeve patient achieved a 30 percent reduction. A 13.4 rather than a 7.6 point drop.
To get a better understanding of the benefits of the Lap Band vs gastric sleeve procedures or to answer other question, please contact Dr. Feiz and his team today by visiting the Dr. Feiz and Associates website or by calling 800-868-5946. If you or a loved one is considering any of these life-changing procedures, you should be aware that free seminars are available at Dr. Feiz's offices.
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