What is Lap Band to Bypass Revision By Juan Hidalgo on October 03, 2019

lapband to sleeveThe Lap Band is a weight loss surgery procedure which significantly reduces your stomach’s capacity to hold food. The patient will feel full faster and longer, by restricting the quantity of food they are able to eat, creating a small stomach pouch above the band, leaving the rest of the stomach intact below it. That is, it will increase or decrease the size of the passageway between the two parts of the stomach allowing the patient to slowly eat less and feel full longer. This surgery is minimally invasive and completely reversible.

After having Lap Band Surgery, some patients may have difficulties with swallowing foods, severe nausea and vomiting. It can also cause esophageal dilation. Even though the Lap Band surgery has been one of the most popular surgeries in the past, the use of the Lap Band has decreased due to inadequate weight loss, weight regains or long-term complications. Studies have shown that Gastric Bands are removed due to inadequate weight loss or complications after 7 to 10 years.

Weight Loss Surgery success depends upon a patient’s ability to stick to certain lifestyles and nutritional guidelines. Weight regain years after Weight Loss Surgery is mostly the result of personal changes or bad habits. So, Weight Loss Revision Surgery might be done because the patient’s anatomy has changed over time and needs repair. Patient’s might come for revision surgery if their stomach has stretched out allowing them to eat more than they did right after their initial surgery.

The most common revision is for patients who previously had a Lap-Band is to revise the surgery, remove the lapband and perform a gastric bypass surgery. This conversion to Gastric Bypass is particularly effective for those patients who regained weight, their stomach expands and especially those who have had problems with reflux. That is, Gastric Bypass Revision surgery is the ideal treatment for patients who may not have experienced outstanding results following their lapband weight loss surgery. Most Lap Band removal and conversion to Bypass procedures can be done in one surgery laparoscopically.

With the Gastric Bypass, the stomach is divided into a small upper pouch that processes food and a much lower portion that is bypassed by the small intestine. The doctor will remove about a meter and a half of the small intestine and then connect the remainder to the pouch. This procedure can help limit your caloric intake, promote feelings of satiety, and facilitate significant weight loss through malabsorption. Dr. Hidalgo in Puerto Vallarta at his weight loss clinic Weight Loss Team, uses advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques, reducing recovery times.

Many people who get a Lap-Band have a follow-up revision surgery. So, it is very important that lap-band patients consult their surgeon about their revision surgery options.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your journey to be successful after your Lap-Band to Bypass Revision as well any other revision surgery options you may need if you are not satisfied with your weight loss results. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.


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