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    How does the LAP-BAND® System compare to stomach stapling, or gastric bypass?

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    Gastric banding was shown to be safer than Gastric Bypass based on a recent analysis of extensive clinical trial information. Gastric Banding demonstrated: • 74% fewer complications at year 1 • 82% lower reoperation rate • And a shorter length of hospital stay The LAP-BAND® System procedure has a low complication rate and gastric banding is a minimally invasive weight loss surgery. Sleeve gastrectomy, or stomach stapling as it’s commonly known, is the surgical procedure where up to 80% of the stomach is removed, stapled off and disposed of. This procedure has a higher risk of major complications compared to the LAP-BAND System. Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass involves creating a small stomach pouch that is then re-routed and attached to a Y-shaped section of the small intestine. With this method, most of the stomach and top portions of the small intestine are bypassed. This procedure reduces the absorption of nutrients and therefore calorie intake. It is done through a major opening of the abdomen and requires staples. In contrast to Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass, the LAP-BAND System requires no stapling or removal of the stomach or bowel. Also, the LAP-BAND® System is reversible and adjustable, which is not the case with some other types of surgery.

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