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The gastric band is advantageous

Myth

The gastric band is advantageous because it is adjustable and reversible.

Reality

The gastric band MUST be adjusted in order to work, which requires monthly visits to our office during the first year after surgery. Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy begin working immediately without requiring “adjustments”. The whole idea of bariatric surgery is to provide a weight loss tool that will be effective for life. Therefore, the only reason to reverse (remove) a gastric band (which eventually occurs in 15-25% of band patients) is because of a complication of the band, often followed by weight regain necessitating revision to a Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy.