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It’s unfortunate when certain procedures don’t earn patients the results they’re working so hard for. This is the case for many lap band patients, and it can be upsetting and inconvenient. When something goes wrong with the lap band, removal of the band is often required, leaving patients with no weight loss surgery. On the bright side, there are other options for patients if their band fails.

In this guide you will learn: lap-band-conversion-options

  • How Lap Band and Lap Sleeve surgery differ
  • The causes and solutions for Lap Band slip
  • Making the switch from Band to Bypass
  • And more!

There are risks and benefits to every weight loss surgery. Some patients see wonderful results with one surgery, while others may not. If your lap band has to be removed due to band failure or slip, this doesn't mean your weight loss journey has to end!


Meet the Authors: 

riverside surgical staff domkowskiPatrick Domkowski, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Dr. Domkowski is Director of Riverside Surgical and Weight Loss Center and is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery. He earned his medical and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and completed his surgical internship, residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.  Dr. Domkowski has treated well over a 1000 bariatric patients and has a passion for helping people regain their lives lost by the disease of obesity. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He has published over 40 peer reviewed articles and presented at both national and international surgical meetings. Dr. Domkowski has performed hundreds of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries at SRMC. In addition, he specializes in conversion surgeries of band to sleeves and gastric bypass revisions for weight regain.

Staff DrJasonRadeckeJason M. Radecke, MD

Dr. Radecke is a fellowship trained bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon. He completed his fellowship at the University of South Florida in Tampa under the direction of Dr. Michel Murr. Dr. Radecke obtained both his BS and MS in Biochemistry and Microbiology, respectively from Clemson University. He then went on to attend medical school at and University of South Carolina in Charleston. Dr. Radecke went on to complete his surgical internship and residency in general surgery at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore Maryland. Dr. Radecke specializes in the surgical treatment of obesity and has a passion for helping people eliminate this disease and the metabolic problems it causes. Dr Radecke is also highly trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and he utilizes it to treat many surgical diseases of the abdomen. He is a member of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.