It is estimated that over half of patients who have lap band surgery have the device removed in about 7-10 years. Often, it is due to limited success using the lap band to control appetite and portions to lose weight. If you have a lap band and have regained weight or never achieved the results you desire, there may be other options. Danny Shouhed, M.D. offers lap band to gastric sleeve surgery through his practice in Los Angeles.
The allure of the lap band procedure for many patients is that it is reversible and minimally-invasive. Unfortunately, there are many patients who have not been able to achieve the weight loss they desire using the lap band. Some patients gain back some or all of the weight they initially lose due to the limits of restriction with the lap band. For many patients, sleeve gastrectomy offers a more successful and permanent option for long-term weight loss and better health.
The gastric sleeve is also a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed with laparoscopic surgery. This bariatric surgery removes about 75% of the stomach, creating a smaller, banana-shaped pouch. The stomach still functions normally, but it is permanently much smaller and there is a reduced amount of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, produced, helping achieve improved weight loss results.
Lap band to gastric sleeve surgery is a common revisional bariatric surgery that has had wonderful success for many patients. Dr. Danny Shouhed is a board-certified bariatric surgeon with exceptional success and proven results performing sleeve gastrectomy. If you are interested in learning more about removing your lap band and undergoing gastric sleeve surgery, contact our office in Los Angeles. Our staff can schedule a consultation with Dr. Shouhed to discuss whether or not sleeve gastrectomy is right for you.