Lap Band to Gastric Bypass Surgery
While many people have had success losing weight with lap band surgery, there are also many that have a variety of complications or issues with this weight loss method. Some patients have side effects from the band that can impact their quality of life, and others do not achieve the long-term weight loss they desire. Danny Shouhed, M.D. is a top bariatric surgeon in Los Angeles that offers revisional bariatric surgery, including lap band to gastric bypass surgery.
Complications with Lap Band Surgery
The lap band was very popular for over a decade, but there have been a significant number of lap band patients seeking removal of their gastric band. In many cases, the band can cause discomfort or other problems for the patient. About half of gastric lap band patients choose to have their device removed 7-10 years later. Some of the complications that can result in this decision include:
- Heartburn or acid reflux
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Slipping of the band
- Insufficient weight loss or regaining weight
Removing the lap band can be completed through laparoscopic surgery. Once the gastric band is removed, the stomach will go back to its normal shape and size. However, this can result in weight gain for many patients. A lap band to gastric bypass surgery can be a long-term solution for weight loss.
Gastric bypass surgery can be performed after the lap band is removed and the tissue has sufficiently healed. Gastric bypass creates a permanently smaller stomach pouch and re-routes the connection to the small intestines. The result is a very small stomach to restrict food consumption combined with less calorie absorption to increase the chance of weight loss success. Gastric bypass surgery can also relieve issues from heartburn or GERD.
If you are unhappy with the results from your lap band or you are experiencing complications, contact our office in Los Angeles. Our staff can schedule your consultation with Danny Shouhed, M.D. to discuss lap band to gastric bypass revision surgery or other options we have available.