The lap band can be a miracle for many patients who choose weight loss surgery. However, it can cause many problems in rare cases. These include uncomfortable issues like band erosion, infection, or slippage. Dissatisfaction from the lap band can also stem from a lack of dramatic weight loss. Michael Feiz, MD, FACS wants people suffering with lap band problems to know that you don't have to continue with this pain in order to lose weight. In Dr. Feiz's capable hands, you have many options for alleviating lap band problems. These include fixing the improperly placed lap band, replacing the lap band, or a procedure to convert the band to sleeve gastrectomy.
This conversion is a two-in-one operation where the aggravating lap band is removed and a gastric sleeve operation is performed. The gastric sleeve procedure (also known as a vertical sleeve gastrectomy) removes about two-thirds of the stomach, reducing the capacity for food. Dr. Feiz, through his complimentary weight loss seminars or through a free consultation, can fully explain the ins-and-outs of the procedure and what to expect before and after surgery. If you proceed with the conversion, Dr. Feiz will be by your side the whole time, through the good and bad. His many patient stories and online testimonials speak to this.
Having a gastric sleeve after lap band has been found to aid weight loss, especially when compared to simply replacing or fully removing a lap band. It can be the pivotal step in your weight loss journey. Call Dr. Feiz and his associates if you're concerned about the negative effects your lap band is having on you. They can be reached at 310-855-8058