We hear about lap band horror stories all the time due to constant maintenance, adjustments, and complications. Most bariatric surgeons no longer recommend it because of the high rates of side effects and other problems.
Problems typically start at 5 years after the procedure. If you experienced any of the common symptoms or signs above, you may want to consider removing your lap band or conversion to another procedure, like gastric sleeve.
Our network of bariatric surgeons perform minimally invasive lap band removal or revision and rarely resort to open operation. Sometimes eroded gastric band calls for removing the band endoscopically using special band cutters and traditional endoscopic equipment.
Many patients regret spending money on lap band surgery, wishing they only knew about the inadvertent risks before it was too late. Gastric band revision is by far more popular than any other revision today. The chance of requiring removal or revision in 10 years is extremely high.
Rescuing any previous surgery poses more risks because of built-up scar tissue. Tissue tends to grow into every crevice of the lap-band, making removal more difficult the longer it is in place.
Normally, the lap band can be revised into another procedure in the same operation. However, if the band revision is not possible in one operation, a minimum of six months is required after band removal to undergo another bariatric procedure.
Fortunately, there are many options to revise the lap band. Most notably, Lap-Band to Gastric Sleeve, and Lap-Band to Gastric Bypass.