Should You Consider Lap-Band Conversion to Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The Lap-Band, or adjustable gastric band, was a popular type of bariatric surgery that limited how much food a patient could eat. Many people chose this type of bariatric surgery because it is reversible. Unfortunately, it’s also associated with a high risk of complications. Generally, bariatric surgeons do not recommend removing the Lap-Band if you aren’t experiencing problems with it. However, it is a good idea to be closely monitored by a bariatric specialist for signs of complications.

If problems do occur, you might consider having a revision surgery to convert your Lap-Band to a sleeve gastrectomy. This involves removing the gastric band and then creating a new, smaller stomach pouch. The gastric sleeve also limits food intake to promote weight loss, but it doesn’t pose the same significant risk of complications as the gastric band.

Dr. Mirza at Bariatric Care Centers specializes in Lap-Band conversions for patients who have experienced complications with the original gastric surgery. If you’re exploring your bariatric surgery revision options and live near Houston, call our office at (713) 339-1353.

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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