Advantages & Disadvantages of Lap Band Surgery

Advantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB):

  • The procedure is permanent, but reversible
  • The device is adjustable (allowing you to moderate your intake appropriately)
  • The procedure comes with very low complication rates
  • Complications are not considered life-threatening
  • The procedure leads to good and sustainable weight loss outcomes
  • The procedure is more affordable than other procedures
  • The procedure is now suitable for those with a lower BMI of 30 and above

Disadvantages of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB):

  • Needs ongoing management (band adjustments)
  • May need future maintenance (parts of device may need to be replaced one day)
  • Does not tolerate all foods (particularly doughy products and overcooked/dry meat
  • Does not suit those who live in remote areas with little access to appropriate care

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