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Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve Revision: What You Need to Know

For many patients, gastric band surgery can be life-changing. However, for some patients, relapse comes a few years after surgery. At that point, they have to make a decision: continue on the trackback to obesity or get a revision surgery?

Standard lap band revision is an option, but for many patients, once their original fails, they want something new. For this, we suggest lap band to gastric sleeve surgery.

Lap Band Revision to Gastric Sleeve


You may be in a rush to get your revision done. But first, your surgeon will need to verify some things.

The biggest thing they need to determine is if the procedure failed or if you as the patient have not been making the necessary lifestyle changes. Before revision surgery in Huntington Station, you will be asked to take a period of time to really focus on diet and exercise to see if this resolves the issue. While this might sound silly, we have found that many “failed” lap band procedures were actually related to patients drinking their calories, and overeating through liquids—a sneaky way to bypass the lap band system.

If it ends up that you are following the right lifestyle for lap band success without results? Then revision is on the table. Gastric sleeve surgery in Long Island is typically performed robotically in a laparoscopic procedure.

During the procedure, the lap band is exposed. Since scar tissue usually grows around it, this must be cut away. Then, it is unbuckled and pulled out through an incision.

With the lap band removed, the gastric sleeve procedure is performed as it normally would be. Since the lap band does not permanently alter the gastrointestinal system, there is nothing to repair before making the sleeve.

Risks Related to Lap Band to Sleeve Conversion


You might assume that given the procedure is the same as a regular sleeve once the lap band is removed, the risks of complications are no greater. However, since the lap band typically triggers the growth of scar tissue, it actually has a greater risk of complications. You should only seek revision surgery in Huntington Station from highly experienced doctors.

With that said, it is not a high-risk procedure. In the long run, obesity will statistically pose more of a threat. If you have had the lap band procedure and aren’t seeing the results you need, contact Clarity Surgical to schedule a consultation.