Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, or stomach stapling, is an outdated weight-loss procedure that uses stitches and an implant to achieve weight loss. Developed by Dr. Edward E. Mason, the developer of the original Gastric Bypass in 1966, it was originally developed in 1980. Since that time, long-term studies over ten years have shown disappointing results.
Compared with other surgery options, Vertical Banded Gastroplasty doesn’t produce significant weight loss and can allow patients to regain their weight. Another possible reason for weight loss failure is the lack of duplicate stitching (a practice that is now standard), which can tear or open. When this happens, patients must convert to another surgery. Most stomach stapling procedures have been performed via an open incision, making the revision operation technically difficult.
Surgeries VBG can be revised to:
- Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Likely)
- Gastric Bypass Surgery (Less Likely)
Patients with weight loss surgery must also factor in their personal genetics. Certain individuals are merely designed to store fat and several years after weight loss surgery, their bodies adapted to the malabsorption component and lowered caloric intake, and patients begin to gain weight slowly again.