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Which is right for me: LAP-BAND surgery or sleeve gastrectomy?

Which is right for me: LAP-BAND surgery or sleeve gastrectomy?

If you’ve been considering weight loss surgery, you may be wondering about the differences between lap band vs. gastric sleeve, and which would help you achieve your weight loss goals better. While there are many considerations when determining which weight loss procedure would best suit you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each procedure with your bariatric surgeon. At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we can help you find the weight loss solution so you can lose the weight and keep it off for good.

As an acclaimed bariatric surgeon in Southern California, Dr. Michael Feiz has performed countless lap band, gastric sleeve and other weight loss surgeries to help his patients reach their health goals. Some of the reasons a patient might choose the lap band over gastric sleeve might include the fact that of all weight loss procedures, lap band surgery is the least invasive and no permanent alterations are made to the digestive system. An adjustable, silicone gastric band is tightened around the upper part of the stomach; restricting how much food an individual can eat at a time. This band also slows down the digestion process, so patients stay full longer.

With gastric sleeve surgery, a large segment of the stomach is permanently removed from the body and the remaining portion is fashioned in the shape of a small banana, or sleeve. Patients feel minimal hunger, because the “hunger hormone,” ghrelin, is drastically reduced. Sleeve gastrectomy is less invasive, complex or as prone to post-op complications compared to gastric bypass, which is a common reason patients choose this surgery instead.

If you are interested in gastric sleeve surgery or lap band in Los Angeles, call Dr. Feiz & Associates today for your FREE initial consultation with a board-certified bariatric surgeon!