Why Undergo LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Revision? By Allan Joseph Cribbins on April 20, 2021

An outline of an obese body over musclesLAP-BAND® surgery has helped many people reach their weight loss goals. However, some patients may not achieve the results they expected while others may develop complications. In such cases, changing the LAP-BAND to a gastric sleeve can provide a more effective means to lose weight and improve health.

At the Texas Center for Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery, Dr. A. Joseph Cribbins III performs LAP-BAND to gastric sleeve revision on patients from Plano, TX, and beyond. To find out if LAP-BAND to gastric sleeve revision is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.

About LAP-BAND and Gastric Sleeve Surgery

It’s helpful to understand the difference between LAP-BAND surgery and gastric sleeve surgery when discussing the need for revision.

  • LAP-BAND surgery: LAP-BAND surgery consists of laparoscopically placing an adjustable band around the top portion of the stomach. The band is inflated around the stomach to constrict the stomach, creating a small upper stomach pouch. The procedure helps the patient feel full on less food.
  • Gastric sleeve surgery: Gastric sleeve surgery is performed by removing a portion of the stomach so that the remaining stomach resembles a tube or sleeve. By significantly decreasing the size of the stomach and removing the area of the stomach responsible for releasing hormones that trigger hunger, patients can more effectively lose weight.

Why Is LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Revision Performed?

Some patients who have undergone LAP-BAND surgery may find that they need or want to have their LAP-BAND changed to gastric sleeve. The most common reasons that LAP-BAND to gastric sleeve revision is performed are:

  • Complications related to the LAP-BAND: Some patients develop complications following the LAP-BAND procedure and need to have their LAP-BAND removed. Complications may include band slippage, port infection, and pouch dilation. As a result of complications, patients may experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and reflux.
  • Weight loss is insufficient: Because the stomach stays intact after LAP-BAND surgery, patients may be more likely to overeat and so they may not lose their desired amount of weight and need a more effective weight loss surgery.
  • Lost weight has been regained: It’s possible to regain weight years after LAP-BAND surgery. Patients who find it difficult to keep the weight off may opt for a gastric sleeve revision.

Results After LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Revision

Patients in Plano who undergo LAP-BAND to gastric sleeve revision tend to see significant weight loss results in the first few months after surgery. Weight loss generally slows but many will lose 90 percent of their extra weight within the first 12 months following surgery.

The rate and amount of weight loss greatly depends on the patient. Patients who stick to a healthy diet with small portions and increase their level of exercise as they gain more mobility and stamina often lose more weight faster. Maintaining this healthy lifestyle will also help keep the weight off in the years to come.

Find Out If LAP-BAND to Gastric Sleeve Revision Is Right for You

If you are unhappy with the results of your LAP-BAND surgery and would like to find out if gastric sleeve revision is right for you, please call our office in Plano at (214) 501-1333 or schedule a consultation online with a bariatric surgeon.

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Dr. Cribbins and Dr. McCalman

Texas Center for
Bariatrics & Advanced Surgery

Our highly skilled and experienced board-certified surgeons specialize in ultra-minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery and they are affiliated with a number of national associations, including:

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

To schedule a consultation, contact us online, or call (214) 501-1333 today.

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