When Is a Lap Band Revision Necessary?

The gastric band was previously among the most popular types of weight loss surgery options performed in Houston, TX. Bariatric surgery patients were attracted to the Lap Band approach because it was adjustable and reversible. As time went on, however, surgeons began to realize that the Lap Band was associated with an unacceptably high rate of complications and device failure, which can require revision surgery. There are a number of reasons why a bariatric patient may need to undergo revision surgery.

You Haven’t Experienced Adequate Weight Loss gastric bypass surgery Houston

Even if the Lap-Band does not result in severe medical complications, some patients may need to undergo revision surgery simply because the original surgery did not result in sufficient weight loss. The gastric band procedure is not as aggressive as the other surgeries and patients are counseled to expect slower weight loss compared to other bariatric surgeries. But after a few years, if the patient hasn’t made significant progress toward his or her target weight, it might be time to consider a revision surgery. In this case, the surgeon may remove the gastric band and port, and switch to a different bariatric surgery.

You’ve Suffered from Recurrent Vomiting

Some side effects are to be expected following any type of bariatric surgery. Patients commonly experience nausea, vomiting, and similar issues as they adjust to life after the surgery. But if you’ve been experiencing recurrent vomiting and other issues, this could be an indicator that something is wrong. You should be evaluated by your doctor immediately to make sure you are not developing a slippage or an erosion.

You’ve Developed Port Problems

The port allows the bariatric surgeon to adjust the band by removing or adding saline without the need for another surgery. Some patients experience problems with the port, such as an infection. A minor infection is treatable with antibiotics, but a major infection might require revision surgery to remove the band. Other possible port problems include port leaks, migration or dislodgement, and flipping.

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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