Band vs Bypass vs Sleeve

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There are several types of weight loss surgery treatments however the most commonly performed are the Gastric Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve. These surgeries have their own specific advantages and disadvantages. The type of surgery performed varies according to the patient’s needs and expectations.

The following table is a general overview of the main weight loss surgery treatments; this is only a guide. Your surgeon will need to consider a number of factors before they are able to advise which weight loss surgery is best suited for you.

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Gastric BandGastric BypassGastric Sleeve
gastric bandgastric bypassgastric sleeve
How it works

  • Gradually limits food intake
  • Slows food transit
  • Feeling of fullness after a smaller amount of food meaning you eat less
  • Feeling full faster
  • Stay full for longer
How it works

  • Gradually limits food intake
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Limits calorie absorption
How it works

  • Limits food intake
  • Feeling of fullness quicker
  • Reduces hunger sensation
Who might have this surgery?

  • Active patients
  • Good dieters, who cannot maintain their weight loss
  • Someone not prone to snacking on crisps, chocolate, ice cream etc
  • Determined to lose weight by working hard though non-surgical methods e.g. exercise
Who might have this surgery?

  • Someone who has co-morbidities e.g. diabetes, hypertension
  • Need for significant weight loss
  • Someone who is prone to snacking heavily
  • Sweet eaters
  • Someone with irregular meal patterns
Who might have this surgery?

  • Someone on high level of medication
  • Someone who has co-morbidities e.g. diabetes, hypertension
  • Need for significant weight loss
  • Someone who is prone to snacking heavily
  • Someone with irregular meal patterns
Approx. length of procedure

1- 1 ½ hour

*These times do not represent how long you may be in theatre or recovery. They are the approximate length of the procedure itself and vary according to each individual

Approx. length of procedure

2-2 ½ hours

*These times do not represent how long you may be in theatre or recovery. They are the approximate length of the procedure itself and vary according to each individual

Approx. length of procedure

1 ½ – 2 hours

*These times do not represent how long you may be in theatre or recovery. They are the approximate length of the procedure itself and vary according to each individual

Length of hospital stay

Day stay*/ 1 night

*You must agree this with your surgeon prior to your procedure.

Length of hospital stay

2/3 nights

Length of hospital stay

2/3 nights

Expected weight loss

50% excess weight

Expected weight loss

70% excess weight

Expected weight loss

60% excess weight

Reversible

Yes

Reversible

No – revisions possible

Reversible

No

Time off work

1 week

Time off work

2-3 weeks

Time off work

2-3 weeks

Benefits

  • Simple and safe procedure
  • Fast recovery
  • Fully reversible
  • Short stay in hospital
  • Adjustable
Benefits

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Co-morbidities improved e.g. diabetes, hypertension
  • Food control becomes much easier
  • Limited calories absorbed
Benefits

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Reduces hunger -the portion of the stomach that produces Ghrelin (the hunger stimulating hormone) is removed
  • Food intolerances reduced
  • Low malnutrition risk

 

*Weight loss surgery results and benefits vary and are different for every individual.

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