Lap Band Removal Surgery Dallas
More than 10 years ago, Lap-Band Surgery was introduced and has been a successful weight loss surgery option in fighting obesity. But even though it has been successful for many, there are reasons why lap band removal and revision procedures are increasing in number.
Lap Band Removal or Lap Band revision surgery is sometimes required for patients who are experiencing adverse reactions or have not experienced significant results with their procedure. Since its introduction in the 1990s, Lap Band surgery has been the subject of countless studies for safety and efficacy. It has been scientifically established as a reliable and successful option, widely recognized among all weight loss procedures. Conclusively, the FDA has deemed the Lap-Band to be safe when used on patients over the long-term.
Even so, every procedure has risks and bariatric revision surgery may be indicated, for various reasons. Sometimes the Lap-Band needs to be refitted, replaced with a new band, or taken out completely. How this is task accomplished will vary, depends upon the individual patient and condition of the band, what the problem with the band might be, and which type of surgery was originally performed.
Lap Band Revision and Removal
Expert Surgical now performs Lap Band Revision and Removal Surgery in Dallas. The Lap-Band removal process will most likely be conducted in the same fashion as the original Lap Band procedure. If the original procedure was a laparoscopic bariatric surgery, the removal can utilize the same incisions and should take less than 30 minutes, also performed laparoscopically. On the other hand, if open surgery was the method of insertion, there is a high potential that the removal will be an open surgery as well.
The removal process begins with the surgeon cutting away the capsule that the body has formed around the band, clearing all sutures and scar tissue, and taking out the Lap-Band itself. The tube and port will also be removed.
Inconsistent results and problems with the Lap-Band are the most common reasons reported for lap band removal surgery in Dallas. Some of the complaints include:
- Not enough weight loss
- Erosion of the Band
- The Lap-Band has slipped
- Regurgitation of food
- GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Problems with swallowing food
- Irritation or inflammation of the esophagus
- Infection of the area surrounding the band
If a patient has achieved the desired weight loss results, they may opt to remove the band. But others will choose to have Lap Band Revision surgery, which involves removal of the lap band, followed by a second procedure like a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.
Why Choose Lap-Band Removal?
The key reasons most often reported for Lap-Band removal are twofold:
- The surgery might not have succeeded in allowing the patient to lose weight
- Complications may have arisen with the band or surgery
- Erosion of the Lap-Band
Some conditions that lead to Lap Band removal surgery are erosion, where the band adheres itself to the stomach, infection that is not treatable with antibiotics, and undesirable side effects such as nausea or regurgitation. In addition, the band rarely could slip, leading to a larger pouch size than intended, the patient may have difficulty swallowing, develop dilation of the esophagus or pouch, or experience GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).
Dallas Lap Band Revision and Removal Doctors
Our lap band removal surgeons are available to diagnose conditions that you may be experiencing and are leading you to consider removal of your Lap-Band. Contact Expert Surgical today for more information and to schedule your appointment.