Compare Gastric Bypass and Gastric Banding

When you’re considering bariatric surgery, one of the first steps is finding out more – more about the benefits and the risks of the procedures. Start comparing gastric bypass and gastric banding now. And remember: Only you and your bariatric surgeon can decide which procedure is right for you.

 

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Banding

Health Benefits

Resolved type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients, often within days of surgery. Resolved high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients. Improved high cholesterol in 95% of patient. Resolved type 2 diabetes in 47.8% of patients, often within days of surgery. Resolved high blood pressure in 38.4% of patients. Improved high cholesterol in 78.3% of patients.

Weight Loss

Avg. 58% excess weight after four years
Avg. 54.5% excess weight after four years

Potential Concerns

Condition known as "dumping syndrome" can produce discomfort and illness from eating high-fat, high-sugar foods. Patients must take daily multivitamin and calcium. Some must take vitamin B12 and/or iron. The stomach, duodenum, and parts of the small intestine cannot be seen easily using X-ray or endoscopy if there are problems after surgery. Gastric banding requires more intensive follow-up care than most other bariatric surgeries. Band adjustments may need to continue over time. Patients must follow specific diet and exercise guidelines provided by surgeon.