Gastric band surgery is a surgery normally done to help people who want to lose weight. A gastric band is normally placed in the stomach to limit the amount of food you eat. When the lap band doesn’t work as expected, surgery is normally done to remove it.
At times the lap band removal surgery is normally done because it either slipped or stop working appropriately. Did you know that as many as 50% of all people with lap bands normally have them removed eventually? Luckily, there are lap band revision options that help maintain and improve weight loss and health issues in the long run. At Clarity Surgical, you can rely on our professional surgeons to perform laparoscopic gastric band removal here in Huntington Station.
While lap bands may seem like the best and safest weight-loss method, they can cause certain complications in your body such as:
● Slippage of the band.
● Erosive gastritis (a scenario whereby the stomach tissue becomes inflamed due to the band's pressure)
● Esophagus inflammation (this is whereby the esophagus is damaged. You may feel pain when eating or swallowing).
● Gastric pouch dilation (a scenario whereby the stomach spreads past the band restriction).
● Laparoscopic port site complications (these are complications that arise as a result of laparoscopic surgeries. They may include bleeding, infections or positioning problems).
● Gastric band erosion as a result of constant pressure on the stomach by the band.
Another important point to note is that the gastric band removal procedure doesn’t have any metabolic effect and hence can’t adequately treat obesity as a disease.
It’s possible for an adjustable gastric band to be revised to a gastric bypass if the procedure is deemed necessary. Gastric bypass, also known as Roux-en-Y, is a type of bariatric surgery that regulates the amount of food eaten and the amount of calories absorbed in the small intestine.
This surgery is considered to be the “gold standard” of bariatric surgery in the US. During the gastric bypass procedure, a small pouch is created from the stomach and then connected directly to the small intestine. The procedure is done in a minimally Invasive way and it can be done with the help of da Vinci surgical robots. Since the procedure regulates the amount of food eaten and calories, it causes a decrease in appetite, almost immediate noticeable weight loss and decreased health risks.
A Lap Band removal and conversion to a gastric sleeve appropriate for you if you’ve had a lap band and didn’t achieve your weight loss goals. You may consider this if you notice if you’re gaining more weight instead of losing. If this is the case, your lap band may need to be removed and changed to a gastric sleeve.
Gastric sleeves are normally very effective if performed by an experienced surgeon. You can rely on our surgeons at Clarity Surgical. Consult us for more detailed information.
The lap band removal procedure is normally done under general anesthesia and thus, you'll be unconscious during the procedure, not feeling pain. However, the incisions made by the surgeon may be sore for a few days after the procedure.
After a lap band removal, most patients resume their normal activities in 1 to 4 weeks. You'll be given specific instructions by your doctor after the procedure, on when to resume normal activities.
The average cost of a lap band removal procedure in the US is about $15,000 but it depends on how severe your situation is and insurance. It can cost as high as $30,000 if you’re experiencing severe complications.
Yes, these revisional and conversion surgeries DO work. However, these type of operations are always more difficult in helping to lose weight and maintain that weight loss Learn more about Lap Band removal surgery by contacting Clarity Surgical in Huntington Station, NY.