- Complications due to anesthesia and medications
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
- Leaking of the staple lines as there is always a chance that the staples wonâ€™t hold, resulting in a leak. The leaking stomach acids frequently lead to infection of surrounding tissues and other serious problems that may require another operation or a drainage tube.
- Weight may be regained over time, because the stomach can stretch.
- People do sometimes get gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), when stomach contents rise up into the esophagus for some periods.
- No need for adjustment.
- No foreign bodies are left in the body during the procedure. With gastric banding, the band may slip, erode or become infected.
- Less invasive
- Less operating time
- Less operative and short-term mortality than gastric bypass.
- Low risk of nutritional deficiencies associated with gastric bypass as it does not interfere with absorption, so vitamin deficiencies are less likely to occur.
- The feeling of fullness that you get from the sleeve gastrectomy is much more satisfying than the feeling of obstruction or discomfort that you get with the adjustable gastric band.
- Few patients vomit after the sleeve gastrectomy, while many patients continue to have vomiting episodes long after they have their Lap BAND placed.
The operation is quite safe and just an overnight hospital stay. Most people can return to normal activities in 1 to 2 weeks. The expected weight loss from this surgery is on average 60-70% of excess weight. This procedure requires less effort than adjustable gastric banding to be successful. In addition, vomiting is less than with adjustable gastric banding. Patient must be committed to good eating habits and exercise.