Lap Band Surgery vs. Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Which is Better? A lap band or adjustable gastric band surgery is an extended mechanism put around the top of the stomach. It helps to battle obesity by decreasing the amount of food that can fit into your stomach, thereby decreasing the amount of food consumed and ultimately help promote weight loss in the long-run. It is weight loss surgery for those with a Body Mass Index(BMI) of 40 or larger. In some cases people with a BMI between 35 to 40 and also affected by diabetes, osteoarthritis and/or high blood pressure can be eligible for lap band surgery. In February 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration extended an official sanction for the adjustable gastric band for those with a BMI between 30 to 40 and one disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. The lap band surgery is only used when other methods of weight loss have been tried and failed. The lap band is put on the top part of the stomach and makes a small pocket for food to be digested. Weight loss happens because of the intake of less food, smaller appetite, and more digestion time. From the small stomach pocket the brain gets a message that the stomach is full. As weight loss proceeds, the lap band will need adjustments. Gastric banding is the smallest invasive surgery in the weight loss surgery field. Gastric sleeve surgery or vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a newer kind of weight loss surgery. In the operation, the surgeon takes out 85 percent of the stomach. It then turns into a sleeve or tube shape. This procedure and lap band are made laparoscopically, which basically means a small cut instead of a big cut. A viewing tube and camera are put into the cuts so that the stomach can be taken out. The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is succeeded by gastric bypass surgery. The bypass surgery becomes less perilous than if it had been done first. Eligibility for a gastric sleeve operation includes a BMI of more than 40. It is equal to being 100 pounds overweight for a man and 80 pounds overweight for a woman. Those who have a BMI between 35 to 39 can have weight surgery if they also diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. A BMI of 30 or more for adults is called obese. Gastric sleeve surgery is not reversible. General anesthesia is used. With both surgeries, people have to learn to eat solid food all over. They start out with liquids, then semisolids, and finally solids. There are lifestyle changes to be made, a special diet plan that is lifelong, and exercise. About the Author: JoAnne Narayan is the owner of BeLiteWeight. BeLiteWeight helps thousands of people have affordable and successful weight loss surgery, gastric sleeve surgery and Lap Band surgery, among others. Call today for a free consultation and a new you!