Previously, lap band surgery was in high demand.
In this procedure, the lap band surgeons adjust a removable device on a patient's stomach. This act limits the quantity of food that a person can consume, in turn helping the patient lose excessive body fat.
However, this procedure is now considered less effective than other types of bariatric surgeries.
Patients experienced insufficient weight loss.
Patients faced both short-term and long-term complications.
In most cases, the patients get their bands removed within a period of seven to ten years.
Following are some prominent reasons why people prefer to get rid of their lap bands:
After the patients opt for lap bands, they may shed a satisfactory amount of weight in the initial stage. But most of the patients tend to regain their lost weight after some time. In case the lost weight is less than 25-30%, the doctors themselves ask the patients to get the band removed.
Sometimes an extra space gets created on band's above, and the effectiveness of it gets diminished. The patient might be asked to undergo emergency surgery to get the band back in place or get it completely removed.
The band may flare up the acid reflux. If this condition gets intense and the medication doesn't work, the doctors may advise getting the band removed. Also, a constant situation like this can swell up the esophagus, also leading to band removal.
The band may let the patients feel nauseous and make them vomit due to the feeling. Not being able to swallow also becomes a major issue.
Sometimes the band gets eroded inside the body, causing port infection. It must be removed urgently if the infection fails to respond to the antibiotics.
As you know that the band restricts the entrance of food into the stomach, making the food stay in the esophagus for a longer time. It can either dilate or expand the esophagus, which will ultimately lead to the removal of the band.
Sometimes the esophagus becomes immobile due to the band. This condition is known as esophageal dysmotility, which requires quick removal of fluid from the person's esophagus. Also, the removal of the band becomes important in this case.
After the lap band removal, the patient can still look for other types of weight loss surgery options.
Nowadays, sleeve gastrectomy surgery is becoming highly popular among people who are determined to get rid of their excess body fat.
Dr. Feiz and associates have performed this procedure several times and are adept at handling cases like these.
Revising lap band procedure to sleeve gastrectomy surgery usually leads patients to complications. But, as the level of complications is less, they are negligible.
The patients who opt for sleeve gastrectomy surgery experience vital weight loss.
Also, this surgery limits the production of ghrelin (hunger hormone) which lets the patient feel less hungry.
Please note: In normal cases, when the person tries to lose weight, the amount of ghrelin produced increases, making it difficult for him/her to eat less and gain a healthy and smart figure.
Please note: both surgeries are well regarded in the medical community and may be used when appropriate. All patients are different, so it’s important to work closely with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand your choice of a procedure.