Vertical Banded Gastroplasty vs the Sleeve
with the VSG, we remove part of the stomach. We also remove ghrelin, which makes the VSG one of the best surgeries out there (along with the DS).
From a physiological standpoint, differences are huge. You don't have the reduction in ghrelin with a VBG. You have to deal with food getting stuck and food intolerances like with a Band.
If I went to a surgeon and he still did the VBG and promoted it, I would have serious concerns about using him/her.
Lap-Band June 14, 2001. Dr. Rumbaut, Monterrey, Mexico.
Lap-Band removed after 7 years and converted to Sleeve Gastrectomy on July 7, 2008 by Dr. Roslin. I've had three happy healthy Lap-Band babies.... and one VSG baby. 5 years out from revision to VSG. Gained 55 pounds in past 5 months, now considering DS. :(