If you have a lap band and have had trouble or not lost the weight you wanted, you are not alone. It is estimated that almost 40% of all lap bands will fail at some point after surgery. Many patients with failed bands will require lap band removal surgury. This is an unfortunate reality but people need to know there are still many options available to them should they want another bariatric surgery.
When patients decide to have weight loss surgery, they are excited about the potential for weight loss and health improvement that the future holds. However, when the surgery does not meet their expectation it can be very disappointing. This is the case in many people that have had a previous lap band placement. When something goes wrong with the lap band, removal of the band is often required, leaving patients with no further restriction. However people need to know there are other options for patients if their band fails. Converting from a lap band to laparoscopic gastric bypass is a solution for many patients whose lap bands have failed them.
Anyone who has tried will tell you: losing weight is hard. Whether you attempt to lose weight through diet, exercise, pills or bariatric surgery, every weight loss method has obstacles. Seeing your hard work pay off is the ultimate reward, but there’s nothing more frustrating than regaining the weight you’ve worked so hard to lose.