What is Lap Band Surgery?

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band, or more commonly coined as Lap Band Surgery, is a type of bariatric surgery procedure where it involves a band or ring placed in your upper stomach. This helps reduce your food intake, which will aid you in your weight loss journey. The surgery is also minimally-invasive, reducing your chances of getting scars. It’s a great option for those who are not yet ready to undergo a major surgery, This also makes an excellent choice for an effective treatment plan for those diagnosed with obesity or are greatly struggling in shedding off the extra pounds. It’s a fast-paced procedure where you can be admitted as an outpatient, giving you about a week’s time for physical recovery.

Lap Band Surgery Side Effects

Just like any other surgical procedures we undergo, or similar to any medication we intake, there are certain side effects that we need to be mindful of after undergoing a Lap Band Surgery. This may vary from one person to another. While it is generally a safe procedure, these are some of the things you may experience:

  • Food intolerance
  • Acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Band Infection

When it comes to food intake, there may be some food that is hard to digest using your new digestive tract. It will be suggested by your doctor to reduce your food intake as your stomach can only take in a specific amount, which is smaller than what you had been used to prior to your surgery.

Acid reflux, nausea, and vomiting may happen as your stomach familiarizes itself with the new foreign matter in your system. More often than that, it should clear up on its own over time.

What Is a Gastric Sleeve?

Gastric Sleeve is one of the most popular weight loss surgical options to this date. In contrast to Lap Band Surgery, this procedure is considered to be a type of major surgery that is designed to lead to a more permanent weight loss solution. An incision will be made to your stomach where 80% of it will be removed, leaving you with a smaller sized digestive system, wherein staying true to its name, the size will resemble that of a sleeve. This will prompt you to eat less, hence, the weight loss which is faster than other bariatric surgery procedures.

Gastric Sleeve Side Effects

As Gastric Sleeve is considered as a major surgery, you may experience the following stronger side effects (in contrast to what you may experience in Lap Band Surgery), but it’s also important to note that this may vary from person to person:

  • Fatigue and feeling cold
  • Body pain
  • Mood changes

Ideally, these are mild symptoms but in the event that they turn into severe, it is recommended that you get in touch with your doctor at the soonest time possible. 

Your diet will also change drastically as you follow the plan that your doctor may have come up with for you. Food intake and selection is more controlled, especially right after your surgery where you can only expect to drink non-sugar and non-carbonated drinks. Slowly, you will transition to pureed or blenderized food until you are ready to intake regular food again, which should take about a month. 

Whether it’s Lap Band Surgery or Gastric Sleeve, The Weight Loss Surgery Center Of Los Angeles has got it covered for you!

When it comes to the latest and most effective bariatric surgery procedures in California, The Weight Loss Surgery Center Of Los Angeles is sure to be among the headliners. With years of practice and experience, you can count on Dr. David Davtyan and his team come up with the best treatment plan for your weight loss needs, whether it’s Lap Band Surgery or Gastric Sleeve. You can count on our consistency in monitoring and following up with you every step of the way as we want to draw out the best transformational journey you can ever have!

For more questions and inquiries, feel free to contact us at your convenience. You can reach us at our hotline at 877-9-BE-SLIM. And you want to know one of the best perks you can ever get? A complimentary consultation! So what are you waiting for? Call us and let’s jumpstart your journey to a healthier version of yourself!