Lap Band surgery was previously among the most popular types of bariatric surgery. It involves placing an adjustable, removable band around the upper portion of the stomach. Saline can be added or removed in a nonsurgical procedure to either encourage additional weight loss or loosen the food restrictions, respectively. This bariatric surgery quickly became popular because of its adjustable nature and because it did not require drastic alterations to one’s anatomy.
However, in recent years, bariatric surgeons have discovered that gastric banding is actually associated with rather high rates of complications and failure rates. Band slippage or erosion can occur and some patients have developed esophageal injuries. For these reasons, many bariatric surgeons are choosing to recommend sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass to their patients instead of gastric banding.
Dr. Mirza at Bariatric Care Centers works closely with patients who have already received the gastric band and has performed many revision surgeries from the Lap Band to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery.
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