Lap Band Toronto Centre for Weight Control
“Surgical weight control that works.”
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Is it Safe?

The Centre For Weight Control specializes in Lap-Band gastric banding because of the extensive research that has been conducted that shows its safety and effectiveness. In fact, many studies have found this type of bariatric surgery to be safer than other types, including sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. It is the least invasive, has the lowest mortality rate, has the least operative complications, and there is absolutely no stapling or cutting of your stomach or re-directing of your intestines. In fact, research has found that there is no meaningful difference in the occurrence of serious illness or complications within 30 days of sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery. There is, however, a significant difference between these two surgical procedures and Lap-Band.



Lap-Band vs Gastric Bypass

Gastric bypass involves the cutting and stapling of your stomach and bowels. Because it is so invasive, this form of treatment has a higher rate of complications, some of which are life-threatening. These complications include ulcers, gastric acid leakage, bloating, gallstones, hernia, constipation and bleeding. In addition, you are generally required to take vitamins and supplements after surgery because a portion of your intestines is removed, reducing your body's ability to absorb essential nutrients from any food you eat. That's why many gastric bypass patients experience malnutrition.

The risk of complications with the gastric bypass procedure is 23%, compared to 9% for Lap-Band. In addition, major complications is 2.1%, which is exponentially higher than the .2% related to Lap-Band.

Lap-Band vs Sleeve Gastrectomy

According to the American College of Surgeons, patients who have had sleeve gastrectomy have a three times greater chance of:

  • getting readmitted to the hospital (to deal with a complication or revision)
  • having a reoperation

In addition, sleeve gastrectomy patients also tend to require a three times longer hospital stay following their surgery. Causes may be related to the procedure itself, as it involves permanently amputating a large portion of your stomach—something that is totally non-reversible. It also involves the placement of hundreds of staples to secure the device in your body, and these remain inside. Sometimes, these staples are not secure enough and allow fluids to leak through, a serious complication that can be life-threatening (between 4.6%-4.9% of patients experience a leak).


Lap-Band can be removed without your anatomy being altered or changed.


Many people believe that sleeve gastrectomy can get you to your ideal weight faster, but what's more important is maintaining your results. Lap-Band has been proven to maintain great weight reduction results for several years, but long-term studies on sleeve gastrectomy have shown that you may actually experience significant weight regain!


That's why the Centre For Weight Control only offers Lap-Band, because we know it works and it's safer than other weight control treatments. You achieve your goal weight without the increased risk of complications that could harm or reverse your efforts. After all, you want to be healthier, and you certainly don't want a procedure that is designed to do this but actually does the reverse in reality!
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  • Performed laparoscopically, a saline-filled band is placed around the top of the stomach. There is no stomach amputation or cutting of your intestines during this procedure.2
  • Designed for long-term use. Can be removed and reversed if desired.2
  • Can be adjusted over time to fit the needs of the patient.2
Watch an animation of the
LAP-BAND® procedure
Watch surgical footage of a
LAP-BAND® System procedure

Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Performed laparoscopically, more than 80% of the stomach is amputated to create a sleeve.3,4
  • A more radical procedure than a gastric band that is permanent and irreversible.4
  • Cannot be adjusted.4
Watch an animation of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure
Watch surgical footage of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure

Gastric Bypass

  • Performed either open or laparoscopically, the stomach is cut and the intestines rerouted to bypass significant digestion.2
  • Extremely difficult to reverse.2
  • Cannot be adjusted.2
Watch an animation of a gastric bypass procedure
Watch surgical footage of a gastric bypass procedure

Memberships and Qualifications held by our Plastic Surgeons

Our surgeons are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and are affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Canadian Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS), Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) and the International Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery (ICPRAS). All are members in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

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