Gastric Bypass Surgery Wins
Gastric bypass surgery beat out gastric banding for both long-term weight loss and type 2 diabetes remission, researchers found when they analyzed data from nearly 8,000 participants in 29 studies. Both procedures make the stomach smaller; gastric bypass surgically reroutes the stomach to bypass the small intestine while gastric banding features an adjustable band around the stomach. Gastric bypass patients lost an average of 66 percent of their excess weight, compared with a 45 percent weight loss for banding patients. Nearly two-thirds of the bypass patients who had diabetes were still in remission two years later, compared with less than a third who underwent gastric banding. High blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels also normalized more often with bypass versus the band.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, published online Sept. 25, 2014