Lapband Evaluation and Possible Revision
Lap Band or gastric banding surgery was for years a very common option for weight loss surgery, it is a Saline Inflatable Silicon Band surgically tied around the top part of the stomach to cause early satiety, and sense of food restriction.
Being less invasive than gastric bypass surgery, and having acceptable results in general, it was one of the very common weight loss procedures done 10 years ago. But over the last 5-8 years many reports showed higher than expected complications, and failure rates, and with the introduction of Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Band surgery became a very uncommonly used weight loss procedure in the US. Dr. Mirza does not recommend the lap band surgery.
For those patients who have Gastric bands “Lap Band,” and are enjoying the restriction they provide and the weight loss they help maintain, we recommend to all of them to have a very close follow up with an experienced weight loss surgeon that monitor their bands, and address any issues that could be developing, we do not recommend the routine removal of a completely functional non-complicated Lap band, verified by an experienced bariatric surgeon, we rather recommend a close follow up. Dr. Mirza is a leading weight loss surgeon in Houston and is happy to evaluate your lap band and help you continue to enjoy its benefits while helping you diagnose, and address any issues as they arise.
What If My Lapband is Non-Functional, or Causing Me Medical Problems?
When Lapband patient sees no significant weight loss, or regain weight after losing, many options are available, including evaluation, and possible Revisional Surgery.
If you are a Lapband patient you may have issues, including and not limited to:
Recurrent nausea, vomiting, regurgitation, acid reflux, discomfort, cough, or any abdominal and chest pain: having an urgent medical evaluation is extremely important because risk of band slippage, erosion, scarring, ischemia, esophageal injury, etc. are all possible and need to be addressed immediately to avoid major morbidities or possible mortalities.
What is Revisional Bariatric Surgery?
It is simply to change one procedure to another, or in some cases, it is to reverse a procedure.
Lap Band Removal, and Revision to Gastric Sleeve, or Gastric Bypass surgery:
After a thorough evaluation by Dr. Mirza and obtaining needed tests, Dr. Mirza will explain to you the various options available based on your individual results, these options might include if you have a non-functional, or complicated lap band: Lap band Removal, Lap Band removal and gastric sleeve vs. Bypass surgery. Many factors are considered when providing you with the appropriate plan, including and not limited to your general health, weight, band position, presence of slippage, erosion, hiatal hernia, or esophageal dysfunction…etc.
Revisional weight loss Surgery should be done only by highly trained, experienced, and qualified surgeons, as it is more complex in general than a primary surgical procedure. Dr. Mirza is board certified, fellowship trained, and has an extensive experience with revisional weight loss and Reflux surgery, addressing successfully many complicated cases referred to him, over the last 15 years of surgical practice.
Evaluate and Monitor Your Lapband, and See What Options You Have, Today:
It starts with taking the first step. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Mirza, contact Bariatric Care Centers by calling 713-339-1353.
All weight loss claims are due to surgery and before and after care. Results will vary by person and are based upon the patient, the surgery type and the compliance with the aftercare program. As with any Medical procedure or surgery, there are specific risks and possible complications. If you have specific questions about the procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with the Doctor.
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