What to Expect During and After Lap Band Revision Surgery

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For many years, Lap Band surgery was a popular bariatric procedure. Doctors and patients liked the procedure because it was minimally invasive and did not involve removing any part of the stomach but instead restricted eating by using a saline band to tie off part of the stomach. However, in recent years, it has become clear that the Lap Band causes complications such as recurrent nausea, vomiting, and acid reflux, as well as dangerous band slipping. For this reason, Lap Band revision surgery has become necessary for many patients. If your doctor has recommended revision surgery, here is what you can expect.

Lap Band Revision Surgery Procedures
There are several ways your doctor can perform Lap Band revision surgery. In some cases, he or she may simply recommend removing the Lap Band. If the Lap Band is removed, there is a risk of regaining weight, because there will no longer be any modification to your stomach. Your doctor may also recommend transitioning to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery. These bariatric procedures will allow you to continue to lose weight after the band is removed. During gastric sleeve surgery, a portion of the stomach is removed, so you feel full with less food. During gastric bypass surgery, a large portion of the stomach is bypassed and part of the small intestine is attached to the upper stomach, so that food empties there, causing the body to absorb fewer calories. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia.

After Lap Band Revision Surgery
The post-surgery recovery depends on the type of revision surgery you had. Generally, patients will follow a liquid diet after surgery and transition to solid foods over the course of six weeks. Your surgeon will provide you with a diet plan to follow after surgery to minimize complications, maximize weight loss, and ensure that you get the nutrients you need. Most patients lose more weight with gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery than they did with the Lap Band.

Find out if Lap Band revision is right for you by contacting Bariatric Care Centers. To learn more about your weight loss surgery options in Houston, call (713) 339-1353 to schedule a consultation.

Disclaimer: This is only for general information. All patients should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles and videos. Every patient has individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.

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