What to do after a failed Lap Band Surgery? By Juan Hidalgo on June 25, 2020

Many obese people chose to have the Lap Band Surgery done as their preferred weight loss surgery and unfortunately, many of these patients have to date been unable to achieve their weight loss success that they had anticipated from the lap band surgery.  Obviously this is heartbreaking because they underwent the procedure with hopes and ambitions of success and typically spent a good amount of money on their lap band surgery.  The Lap-Band Surgery also known as the adjustable gastric band consists of placing an inflatable silicone band around the upper portion of the stomach, creating a small stomach pouch above the band and the rest of the stomach remains intact below it, slowing down and limiting the food intake.  This surgery ideally works by restricting the amount of food a patient eats while helping them feel full quicker.  Also, many patients liked the ideas because the lap band was removable down the road and did not involve changing or removing any of the body organs.  

Due to the initial popularity of the surgery, many lap band surgeries were performed in the USA and worldwide.  The problem is there were not enough studies done to see why in fact the lap band surgery failed for so many patients.  The surgery itself usually is not what failed, as the lap band was tested and it works if the patient works with it but in fact, the real problem lies in the fact that the patient has too much control over the fills or adjustments of the lap band and as such, an obese patient who likes to eat has too much control over whether the surgery will work or not, or when and if they choose to use the tool as it was designed.  That said there were also issues presented in Lap Band Surgery patients who have suffered complications and ultimately the surgery ended up not being what they expected.  So, patients want to know what to do after their lap band surgery failed. One of the best options is to revise the surgery to a Gastric Sleeve instead.  The majority of patients do not have good results from Lap Band Surgery because of its many complications and disadvantages:

  • Food intolerance
  • Band Slippage
  • Heartburn or Reflux
  • Inadequate weight loss
  • Esophageal dilation
  • Band erosion
  • Among others

Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Surgery is recommended for patients who have experienced complications after the initial surgery (lap band), insufficient weight loss or regained 40% of the weight they had previously lost. Studies show that Gastric Lap bands mostly are removed laparoscopically after 7-10 years.

Sometimes patients have an intolerance or complications with their Lap-Band such as nausea, vomiting, dysphagia, or any other discomfort, so the removal of their band will offer immediate symptom relief. If patients do not have a conversion to another weight loss surgery, some of them might regain weight after the Lap-Band removal. On the other hand, patients who are decided to have Lap-Band Conversion to Sleeve will have significant weight loss differences, with a low rate of long-term complications and a better quality of life after the revision surgery.

Weight Loss Revision Surgery is a tool to help people lose weight, in this case, a tool used for a second time. So, a more committed diet and exercise routine are recommended. Patients need to understand that a second Weight Loss Procedure will only work if they are focused on making changes and a new and specific long-term lifestyle that involves healthy choices.

Dr. Hidalgo and his well-trained doctors at Weight Loss Team can perform Revision Weight Loss Surgery personalized to each patient’s needs to help them achieve their goals.


Of course, Weight Loss Team, and its staff of experts will be more than ready to guide you through your journey to be a success after your Lap-Band to Gastric Sleeve 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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