Advantages & Disadvantages of Gastric Banding

Each kind of bariatric surgery carries its own advantages and disadvantages. That’s why it’s important to discuss your weight loss options with your doctor to determine which solution is right for you. Below are known gastric banding advantages and disadvantages.

Gastric Banding Advantages

Compared to other weight loss surgeries, gastric banding:

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  • Can be reversed (though weight will likely be regained)
  • No stomach stapling or cutting, or intestinal re-routing
  • Lowest mortality rate
  • Adjustable to suit life changes, such as pregnancy
  • Least invasive surgical approach
  • No risk of severe nutritional deficiencies, because the organs remain intact

Disadvantages of Gastric Banding

  • Slower initial weight loss than with gastric bypass
  • Less overall weight loss on average than with gastric bypass
  • Requires greater patient commitment because it does not inhibit eating sweets, fatty foods or between meals
  • Regular follow-ups are critical for optimal results
  • Requires an implanted medical device
  • In some cases, effectiveness can be reduced due to band slippage
  • In some cases, the access port may leak and require minor surgery

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