Advertisement

Which weight loss surgery is the safest?

All the common weight loss surgery procedures have become fairly safe, compared to 15 or 20 years ago. Among them, the lap band surgery has the lowest risk. However, possible complications include slippage of the band, wearing away (erosion) or infection after having the band for a long time.

The gastric sleeve is fairly safe both in the short and long term.

Gastric bypass has a slightly higher complication rate (less than 5 percent) but allows you to lose more weight and better treat any related medical problems.

The duodenal switch provides excellent weight loss and treatment of associated problems but it associated with a higher risk of complications. The revisional procedures also have more risks (but they are still less than 8 to 10 percent).

The safest bariatric surgery is the gastric sleeve.

The lap band is the easiest weight loss operation to perform and therefore the safest. This surgery involves no cutting of tissue and its associated risks.

Continue Learning about Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Bariatric Surgery Doubles Older Guys Survival Rates
Bariatric Surgery Doubles Older Guys Survival Rates
Since Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey shut down his internal food lane with bariatric lap-band surgery, his actual weight loss (85 pounds and co...
Read More
What are multi-step weight loss operations?
NewYork-Presbyterian HospitalNewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Patients whose body shape makes their surgery more technically difficult may benefit from a two-stag...
More Answers
7 Things Your Surgeon Wants You to Know About Weight Loss Surgery
7 Things Your Surgeon Wants You to Know About Weight Loss Surgery7 Things Your Surgeon Wants You to Know About Weight Loss Surgery7 Things Your Surgeon Wants You to Know About Weight Loss Surgery7 Things Your Surgeon Wants You to Know About Weight Loss Surgery
You still need to eat well and exercise.
Start Slideshow
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
Am I a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.