Adjustable Gastric Band Conversion

Gastric Band-type surgical weight loss procedures work well for many people looking to lose weight. In some cases, various symptoms arise that make it necessary to consider a gastric band conversion (also known as band to sleeve conversions). If you are unhappy with the results of your gastric banding surgery, there are options available to you. If you are experiencing pain when eating, vomiting, heartburn, reflex, bloating, food getting stuck or just aren’t getting the weight loss results that are typical of successful surgeries, it may be time to consult with your physician. He or she can discuss options with you, including converting your adjustable laparoscopic band (band to sleeve conversions) and taking a different surgical weight loss approach. If you have questions about your gastric band we’re here to help. Just call or email today.

As the popularity of gastric banding and similar surgeries are rising across the county, so too have the issues and complications associated with this surgical weight loss approach. Patients using adjustable gastric bands may experience slippages and erosions. These erosions can lead to unacceptably slow weight loss or even weight regain in some cases. Additionally, other painful and harmful effects have been reported. While the reports on gastric band effectiveness vary, the reported failure rate is around 35-40%. So to ensure effectiveness as well as patient comfort and safety, we advise patients who experience any issues to consult with their physician immediately.

Several options are available to gastric band patients who experience difficulties:

  • Conversion: Many gastric band patients have their surgeries converted to another approach
  • Repair or re-operate: 10% of gastric band patients have their band repaired
  • Removal: Around 25% of gastric band patients simply have them removed

If you are experiencing issues with your adjustable gastric band, there are many options to consider. To learn more about which one might be right for you, please call or email our offices today. Or use the simple website to request an appointment. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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