Bariatric Revision Surgery: Converting Your Gastric Band

Posted by Jason Radecke on Mon, Feb 15, 2016

If you have had a Lap Band procedure to help with your weight loss needs and are experiencing complications or not losing weight or even gaining weight that was initially lost, it is time for you to speak with weight loss surgery team about having a bariatric revision surgery team.

Lap Band Complications: Signs You May Need a Bariatric Revision Surgery

You may be feeling frustrated by the lack of weight loss after having your initial weight loss surgery, and that is for good reason. You had to prepare yourself for a surgical procedure and due to complications you were unable to meet your weight loss goals. Other patients may have had great results, but are now experiencing complications and weight regain.

The good news is that bariatric revision surgery is available to those who are suffering from the all too common and serious problems that can arise when your gastric band fails. If you are unsure if what you are feeling or experiencing is worth a call to your bariatric team, the list below will give you an idea of what occurs when a Lap Band begins to cause issues in patients.

Even if you are symptoms are not listed, always contact your weight loss surgery team to share your concerns.

  • Stalled Weight Loss
  • Only Able to Sustain Liquids
  • Weight Regain
  • Persistent Nausea and Vomiting Attacks
  • Severe Heartburn and/or Acid Reflux that Doesn’t Respond to Medications
  • Trouble Swallowing

If you are suffering from one or more of the symptoms, you will need to be assessed by a qualified bariatric revision surgery specialist to determine which of the following complications have developed due to your gastric band.

Replacing Your Gastric Band: Your Bariatric Revision Surgery Options

Bariatric revision surgery is not something new to weight loss surgery, but it has been improved over the years, making it easier for those who are in need of transition to a different surgery to achieve their desired results. Your bariatric team will provide you with guidance throughout your transition to an alternative weight loss surgery, so you can be certain that you can make an educated choice.

bariatric-revision-surgery-converting-your-gastric-band.jpgThe subsequent list contains bariatric revision surgery opportunities. The information providing is a basic guideline, and your bariatric surgery team will provide you with the best information during your initial consult.

Gastric Band to Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Like the gastric band, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive weight loss surgery, meaning that it restricts the amount of food that you are able to consume due to your stomach size being reduced. The vertical sleeve surgery is becoming more popular because of the success that patients are seeing without the malabsorption with the traditional gastric bypass surgery.

Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass

The gastric bypass surgery was the most popular form of weight loss surgery until recent years, and for good reason. It provides patients with the ability to lose their excess weight and reverse deadly co-morbidities. The gastric bypass surgery delivers results because it is both a malabsorptive and restrictive procedure. Malabsorption is achieved by bypassing a portion of the small intestines. Because of its malabsorption properties, it may not be right for those on certain types of medications, so it is best to disclosure to your bariatric surgeon what medications you take on a daily basis.

If you are considering having a bariatric revision surgery, because of symptoms and complications,  contact us today for more information on how we can help you achieve your weight loss goals.


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