Gastric band procedures may help you lose excess weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle for many people. However, sometimes patients elect to have their gastric bands adjusted or removed if they experience disappointing weight loss, complications, or discomfort from the band’s positioning. Adjustments are also often made after a significant amount of weight has been lost; in many cases, the band’s placement may have to be reconfigured to account for the change. Revisions to other procedures, most often a gastric sleeve, are also frequently chosen by patients.
Whatever the reason for a band removal or adjustment, the physicians at West Medical are here to assist. Our outstanding team has guided numerous patients to healthier lifestyles that last.
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How Band Revision or Removal Works
Lap Band revision can include replacing the slipped band, tightening or loosening it, or removing the band and performing a gastric sleeve. A band to sleeve revision can alleviate the problems that may have occurred after the initial band surgery and put the patient on a more direct path to defeating obesity.
When to Get a Revision
Many issues may motivate doctors to suggest an adjustment or revision procedure for the health of the patient. Please contact us right away if you experience any of the following after a weight loss procedure:
- Little to no weight loss
- Spitting up
- Constant belching
- Severe heartburn/acid reflux
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty with solid foods after recovery is complete.
- Constant vomiting
- Severe nausea
Band-to-Sleeve Conversion Surgery
During a Lap Band to gastric sleeve conversion, the gastric band is removed and a gastric sleeve surgery is performed. This can be done in one session but sometimes it’s best to perform the removal and conversion in two separate operations. During the consultation period, we can help you determine which option will be best for you.
Following the procedure, patients must adopt the necessary lifestyle changes discussed during the consultation phase. Eating much less food than before may seem challenging at first. The good news, however, is that many patients report a significant reduction in the nagging cravings they felt before undergoing gastric sleeve conversion. This appears to be related to hormonal changes that may account for the outstanding track record of gastric sleeve surgery.
Lap Band to sleeve revision recovery time is not too different from ordinary gastric sleeve surgery. Patients should plan on resting at home for a minimum of two weeks before returning to work. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise or activities should be avoided for at least four to six weeks, or until approved by the doctor.
During the recovery period, patients should expect to start with a clear liquid diet before gradually transitioning back to solid foods. This process can take time but is essential to avoid causing complications that could require further revisions or medical attention.
At West Medical, we have observed that Lap Band to sleeve conversion procedures typically results in significant improvements. In most cases, the surgery is done laparoscopically as a minimally invasive operation. Conversions have proven safe and effective for many patients.
Uncertain whether to get gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve?
As with any weight loss procedure, the cost of a conversion depends on a plethora of factors, including where the surgery is performed, the surgeon, and the specific work that is required.
Will Insurance Cover the Cost of Revision?
In many cases when the initial procedure is problematic, the revision will be covered by medical insurance providers. Each case is different, however, so the best thing you can do is to visit our dedicated insurance web page to start determining what level of coverage you carry.
PPO Insurance Providers
Gastric Sleeve surgery is covered by most PPO insurance providers! Click below to verify your PPO insurance covers it.
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. For details, call us at the number on your screen or visit our contact page.