Many Lap-Band patients see positive results from the procedure. However, some patients experience adverse reactions or don’t realize the weight loss results they had hoped. For those patients, Lap-Band Removal or Revision is an option.

Are you a candidate?

Dr. Stowers and Dr. Wright will speak with you regarding the symptoms and issues you are having that could be caused by a former lap band surgery. If they are unable to adequately adjust and salvage your Lap-Band, they may consider you as a candidate for surgical removal. If this is the case, they will discuss, in detail, all your surgical options, including the possible conversion to a different type of weight loss procedure.

Common problems associated with lap band include:

  • Obstruction
  • Slippage
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Dilated esophagus

The Procedure

If the original procedure was a laparoscopic bariatric surgery, the removal can often use the same incisions and typically takes less than 30 minutes. Conversion to another type of bariatric procedure can be done at the same time as band removal, or if you are uncertain about going forward with additional surgery, it can be safely deferred to a later date.

Why Lap-Band Removal?

Inconsistent results and problems with the Lap-Band are the most common reasons reported for lap band removal surgery.

Some of the complaints include:

  • Not enough weight loss
  • Erosion of the Band
  • Slippage of the Lap-Band
  • Regurgitation of food
  • GERD - Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Problems swallowing food
  • Irritation or inflammation of the esophagus