Gastric Bypass Surgery vs. Lap Band: Which is Better, Safer, More Effective?

For morbidly obese people, weight-loss surgery is an option. Among these options, the gastric bypass comes with more complications shortly after surgery than gastric banding — but has fewer long-term side effects and repeat operations.

This is according to a new study that enlisted more than 400 obese Swiss patients, which was published on Jan. 17 in the Archives of Surgery.

People who got bypass surgery also lost weight faster, and more kept it off, the study also showed. Weight loss remained “significantly better” six years after gastric bypass compared with patients who received a gastric band, researchers said.