Gastric band procedures are safe, popular, and effective ways to lose excess weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle for many people. But sometimes patients elect to have their gastric bands adjusted or removed if they experience a decrease in weight loss or discomfort from the band’s positioning. Adjustments are not uncommon—especially after a significant amount of weight has been lost—and the band’s placement may have to be reconfigured to account for the change.
Whatever the reason for a LAP-BAND® or REALIZE® band removal or adjustment, the physicians at West Medical are at the top of their field when it comes to surgical weight loss procedures. West Medical doctors have guided countless patients to healthier lifestyles maintained for the long term.
A flexible solution to weight loss
Because LAP-BAND® and REALIZE® band surgeries do not permanently reduce the size of the stomach, the procedures can be reversed if the desired results are not achieved, or if the patient experiences discomfort from the band. Although removal of a gastric band leaves the patient without the restrictive weight loss method that was originally desired, the ease with which a band can be removed is beneficial for a few reasons.
After gastric band removal, the stomach can return to its original size, unlike gastric sleeve procedures, which permanently remove a portion of the stomach. Since band procedures are reversible, patients are free to pursue other surgical weight loss options after removal.
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How band revision or removal works
Some patients who’ve had a band surgery may suffer a complication after the surgery. This might mean that the band has slipped out of place and in turn is causing a number of side effects. Band revision can include switching from a band to a sleeve, replacing the slipped band or either tightening/loosening it. Revisions can successfully alleviate the problems that have occurred from initial band surgery, as well as figure out what needs to be adjusted in order to have successful weight loss.
Not getting the desired results?
Because even successful gastric band surgeries have post-op symptoms, you should frequently be visiting your doctor to make sure your experiences are a normal part of post-surgery life. If complications from a band surgery go unmanaged, they can lead to bigger health conditions, ultimately risking your life. If you notice any severe symptoms after band surgery, be sure you contact your surgeon.
Sometimes gastric band procedures are reversed or revised if the desired results are not achieved. For instance, if the recipient of the gastric band is unable to make the appropriate dietary changes required for a restrictive weight loss surgery, then it may be necessary to remove the band to avoid complications.
Here are some side-effects of the gastric band that could indicate a problem. Please contact us right away if you have any of the following:
- Little to no weight loss
- Spitting up
- Consistent belching
- Serious heartburn
- Acid reflux
- Trouble sleeping
- Only comfortable consuming liquids or soft foods
- Constant vomiting
- Severe nausea
Band-to-sleeve conversion option
During this type of conversion, the gastric band and gastric port are taken out and replaced with a gastric sleeve. This can be done in one session, but some prefer to have the removal and conversion done in two separate surgeries. The procedure is completed in about 3 hours, and generally patients stay in the hospital for at least 2 days before being released.
The conversion from gastric band to sleeve is increasingly popular because of the successful weight loss that is known to occur thereafter. Many people choose to have the procedure because they haven’t seen results from their initial surgery.
It is noted that over 70% of patients who have had a conversion have significant weight loss results. This is even seen in patients who saw little to no weight loss from the band. In most cases, the band to sleeve conversion is done as a minimally invasive operation, and has proven safe and effective for many patients.
Uncertain whether to get gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve?
As in any weight loss procedure, cost of a conversion depends on a plethora of factors including the facility, the surgeon and the assessment of your failed surgery.
Band to sleeve conversion is common and effective for most weight loss patients. Our incredible bariatric staff is here to provide you the best service available in medicine today. We are dedicated to making sure you have successful weight loss surgery with lasting, life-long results.
Will insurance cover the cost of revision?
In many cases when the initial procedure is causing severe medical threats, the revisional procedure will be covered by medical insurance providers. Each case is entirely different, so the best thing you can do is call us at (855) 690-0565 to find out what your cost of revision surgery might be.
If you’ve had a gastric band and believe you may need a revision or replacement, West Medical is here to help. Our board certified bariatric surgeons will provide a comprehensive assessment of what’s happening with the band you currently have, and suggest the best possible treatment to fix it. You can call us at (855) 690-0565 to set up a consultation.
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