Gastric Banding Revision Surgery in Mexico

Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB), known as the LAP-BAND, is an inflatable silicone ring placed over the stomach to restrict food. This minimally invasive procedure is performed laparoscopically, using 3 to 5 tiny incisions. When gastric banding was popular, it was thought to be a reversible surgery that helped overcome morbid obesity.

Over 40% of adjustable gastric banding patients require band removal or modifications due to postoperative problems or inadequate weight loss.

Patients need corrective operation for a number of reasons, such as banding complications, including erosion, band slippage, and severe discomfort. Mexico Bariatric Center® works with the most experienced bariatric surgeons to provide a variety of gastric band revision surgeries in Mexico.

Mexico Bariatric Center Gastric Band Revision

Surgery Duration
1.5 – 3 Hours

Hotel Stay
1 Night Pre-Op

Hospital Stay
2 – 3 Nights

Back to Work
2 – 8 Weeks

How Revision Surgery Works

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.

What Does the Gastric Band Revision Surgery Include?

The price of lap band revision procedures in the U.S. and Canada without insurance can easily set you back $15,000 to $23,000. Fortunately, we offer U.S. quality weight loss surgery in Mexico at a fraction of the cost. We eliminate all of the planning and preparation by taking care of everything from the moment you arrive in San Diego to the moment you depart. Ground transportation, hotel stay, and everything in between is covered in our all-inclusive package.

  • Private Ground Transportation
  • Accredited Hospital with ICU
  • Board Certified Surgeons
  • Hospital Stay & Fees (2-3 nights)

  • Nutrition Program
  • 1-Month Supply of Vitamins*
  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees
Gastric Banding-Adjustable Gastric Band-Lap Band Surgery

1. Rebanding (Gastric Band to Gastric Band)

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

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.

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 and then resects 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 causes over time. The silicone band becomes part of the stomach, making removing it extremely difficult. Without a properly specialized bariatric surgeon, patients may require two separate operations to revise the lap band to a gastric sleeve. In this case, six months or more of healing is usually needed before converting to the sleeve gastrectomy.

This may be burdensome for those individuals seeking gastric sleeve permanently. Still, our surgeons may require 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.

Gastric Banding Revision Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve
Gastric Banding Revision Lap Band with Gastric Bypass

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

With the standalone gastric bypass, patients can lose about 75% of their excess weight in the first year. 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.

4. Gastric Band to Duodenal Switch

Patients can also remove the 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 than sleeve and bypass.

This conversion is one of the top options and results in the highest weight loss that is more permanent than all the other choices.

Lap Band to Duodenal Switch Revision
Lap Band to Gastric Balloon-Gastric Band Revision

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, so it is performed separately after the band is removed.

A 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.

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

Bariatric Surgery Revision Before and After Photos

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Heather M After
Andrea C Before Revision
Andrea C After Revision
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Amy H After Revision
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Jessica H After Revision Surgery
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Shiann C After Revision
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Jennifer After Revision Gastric Sleeve to Gastric Bypass_Mexico Bariatric Center
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Kimberlin before revision surgery
Kimberlin after revision surgery
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Joy after revisions surgery
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Mark after revision surgery
Arlene before revision surgery
Arlene after revision surgery
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Bailey after revisions surgery
Tiffany before revision surgery
Tiffany After revision Surgery
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Deena After
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Kimberly H VSG to RNY after
Brenda Sleeve to Bypass before
Brenda Sleeve to Bypass after
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Adriana After
Autumn before revision surgery
Autumn After revision surgery
Arethza - Bariatric Surgery Revision Before Picture
Arethza - Bariatric Surgery Revision After Picture
Julie - Gastric Sleeve to Mini Gastric Bypass Revision Before Picture
Julie - Gastric Sleeve to Mini Gastric Bypass Revision After Picture
Karla - Gastric Bypass Revision Before Picture
Karla - Gastric Bypass Revision After Picture
Leoni - Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Revision Before Picture
Leoni - Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Revision After Picture
Patient of Bariatric Surgery Revision Before Picture
Patient of Bariatric Surgery Revision After Picture

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