Which weight loss surgery is the safest?

Dr. David Y. Suh, MD
Bariatric Medicine
Sometimes the safest surgeries are not the most effective. Learn more from this video as David Suh, MD, from Riverside Community Hospital lays down the reality of “safe” vs. “effective”.
The safest bariatric surgery is the gastric sleeve, says Bernie Hanna, MD, from Sunrise Hospital. Learn more about the procedure in this video.
Sigi P. Joseph, MD
Bariatric Medicine
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 8-10%).
The lap band is the easiest weight loss operation to perform and therefore the safest, says Francis Teng, MD, a bariatric surgeon at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he says this surgery involves no cutting of tissue and its associated risks.

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Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight Loss Procedures and Surgeries

Weight loss surgery procedures, including liposuction, gastric bypass, gastric botox and Lap Band surgery are viable options for those needing help with excessive weight loss. But they aren't without their risks. Weight loss surge...

ry procedures should only be performed on individuals for whom regular diet, exercise and medication didn't prove effective. Check out the answers below for more information on how weight loss surgery has advanced over time and which one might be best for you.

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