Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB), or more infamously known as the Lap-Band, is an inflatable silicone ring placed over the stomach to restrict the food you eat. This minimally invasive procedure is performed laparoscopically, using 3 to 5 tiny incisions.

Back in the day when gastric banding was popular, it was thought to be a reversible surgery that helps overcome morbid obesity. Research found that lap-band was actually not as effective for long-term weight loss as other surgeries like gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. Complications with lap-band can range from band erosion, band slippage, serious discomfort, and a lack of adequate weight loss.

Mexico Bariatric Center® offers many gastric band revision surgeries to get the lap band removed and revised into a more successful weight loss procedure. We work with some of the best bariatric surgeons in Mexico who have top credentials and years of experience in gastric band revision.

Gastric Surgery Revision

According to ABC News, about 50% of lap-band patients have their gastric band removed due to complications.[1] If the gastric band has failed for you, don’t worry! We offer band removal and can easily revise it to another permanent weight loss surgery option.

Common Signs, Symptoms, and Problems

  • Desired Weight Loss Not Achieved – The patient loses a minimal amount of weight that is hard to maintain.
  • Band Erosion – Found in about 15% of Lap-Band cases, the band grows into the stomach creating serious health issues and put a patient’s life in danger.
  • Band Slippage – When the lower part of the stomach “slips” up through the band, the patient’s safety is jeopardized.
  • Band Intolerance – The majority of patients show this problem, and it can range from nausea, vomiting to discomfort, and pain. The patient can experience this issue during the initial phase of gasatric band recovery the outset or afterward.
  • Difficulty Swallowing – Dysphagia is one of the common problems developed in patients.
  • Esophageal Dilatation – In this case, the esophagus cannot transport food from mouth to stomach.
  • Stomach Pouch Dilation
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) – This is essentially the typical heartburn.
  • Band Infection – Infection at the site of band placement.
  • Port Infection – Infection at the location of the port.

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Gastric Lap-Band Removal

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.

Gastric Banding (Lap-Band) Revision Surgeries in Mexico

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. 

1. Rebanding (Gastric Band to Gastric Band)

Sometimes, patients don’t want to change to another bariatric surgery if the lap band provides good results. Replacing the gastric band, or rebanding, is switching out an existing adjustable gastric band with a newer one.

Maybe the band had malfunctioned or caused complications. This procedure used to be regularly performed, but now surgeons recommend Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve conversion for weight management purposes. This is due to the common issue of patients removing their band, only to gain some or most of their weight back.

Gastric Band Revision - Lap Rebanding Laparoscopic Surgery
Gastric Banding Revision Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve

2. Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve

Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Revision is the most common weight loss surgery option for revising your existing gastric band. This surgery removes the silicone band implant from the stomach completely, then moves forward to removing 80% of the stomach with gastric sleeve surgery — all in a one-step or two-step conversion.

The lap band is controversial because of the damage it causing overtime. The silicone band becomes part of the stomach, making it extremely difficult to cleanly remove. Without a properly specialized bariatric surgeon, patients may require two separate operations to revise the lap band to a gastric sleeve.
In this case, healing for six months or more is usually needed before converting to the sleeve gastrectomy.

This may be burdensome for those individuals seeking gastric sleeve permanently, but it may be required by our surgeons who have expertise in Gastric Lap Band to Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) conversion. Doctors typically won’t know the extent of any damage until they begin the operation.

3. Lap Band to Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass

Gastric Banding to RNY Gastric Bypass (or mini-gastric bypass) can also be performed to revise a failed lap band surgery. The first option is to have the gastric bypass surgery as a standalone procedure. If you choose the RNY by itself, the surgeon will remove the lap band laparoscopically before converting it to the roux-en-y gastric bypass.

The second option is to have gastric bypass combined with your existing lap-band to increase the odds of weight loss long-term. Unfortunately the bigger the reward, the biggest the risk. With the band/bypass combination, you will also inherit the risks, complications, and side effects associated with both bariatric procedures.

In the first year, patients can lose about 75% of their excess weight with the standalone gastric bypass. The RNY bypass is more complex than the sleeve involving rerouting the small intestine after forming a tiny, new stomach pouch. Weight loss is enhanced by utilizing both restriction and malabsorption. Although this is a popular revision option, it is not usually our first choice.

Gastric Band Revision - Lap Rebanding Laparoscopic Surgery
Lap Band to Duodenal Switch Revision

4. Gastric Band to Duodenal Switch

Patients can also remove Lap-Band and convert to Duodenal Switch (DS), which has the highest expected weight loss of any bariatric surgery.  The classic BPD/DS and its variation SADI-S are more aggressive surgeries comparing to sleeve and bypass.

Although this conversion is one of the top options, MBC surgeons do not recommend this revision type.

5. Gastric Band to IntraGastric Balloon

The IntraGastric Balloon (IGB) is the final option for revising a failed gastric band. The balloon is not a surgical procedure as it is performed endoscopically. Therefore, it is performed seperately after the band is removed.

The gastric balloon is temporary and not a long-term weight loss solution. It is recommended if you are slightly overweight or in the process of preparing for a more effective weight loss surgery like gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or duodenal switch.

AttentionA gastric balloon is a weight management procedure and is placed for 6 months to a year in the stomach. Individual needs to follow a diet and exercise routine and require lifestyle changes.
Lap Band to Gastric Balloon-Gastric Band Revision

Former Lap Band Revision Patient [Case Study]

Joanne began researching Lap Band Revision in the United States to escape the 5.5 to the 6-year waitlist in British Columbia, Canada. In 2010, Joanne traveled to Seattle, Washington in the U.S. to undergo Lap-Band Surgery. She started having major problems with the band from the moment she returned home a few days post-surgery.

Desperate to resolve her gastric band problems, in 2016 Joanne turned to Mexico for help. She discovered Mexico Bariatric Center and found Dr. Rodriguez Lopez in Tijuana, Mexico. Our doctor fixed her difficulties with the band and converted the procedure to a gastric sleeve all in one operation. Joanne lost over 70% of her excess weight in the first year post-op and started a healthy life without the lap band complications she had before.

Mexico Bariatric Center Lap Band to Sleeve Patient Weight Loss

TimeExpected Weight Loss
1 Month21 lbs.
3 Months39 lbs.
6 Months105 lbs.

Over time, this bariatric surgery had many negative side effects and it is was not even reversible at all. Patients searched for gastric band revision surgery as it has caused a slew of problems and complications.  Some side effects included; acid reflux, problems swallowing, and vomiting requiring fluid to be removed from the band.

Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve: Average Weight Loss