When a person undergoes a bariatric procedure like the lap band, they typically don't expect to have to go back to a weight loss surgeon for another operation. However, a patient who has received a lap band might be having difficulties losing weight or experience unpleasant side effects from operation. Rather than give up hope completely, they may opt for a lap band to gastric sleeve conversion procedure. If you're unhappy with the results of your lap band operation, then consider meeting with Michael Feiz, MD, FACS. Dr. Feiz is a leading bariatric expert in Beverly Hills who has frequently converted the lap band to the sleeve successfully, as evidenced by the many patient testimonials on his site.
Now, what are some of the issues people may have with the lap band? For some, the weight loss may not be satisfactory. A bariatric surgery that promotes weight loss through a restrictive diet isn't necessary for everyone and some may regain weight or even not lose weight at all. The lap band can also cause physical pain for some. It can slip or prevent the patient from eating foods that would help weight loss. This is especially the case when patients see a doctor who may not have the level of expertise that Dr. Feiz maintains. Many of these problems are averted from a lap band to gastric sleeve surgery.
The gastric sleeve helps patients regulate their food intake by reducing the size of the stomach. It also means that they feel full easier and it reduces the hunger hormone ghrelin present in the body. Call Dr. Feiz for a free consultation if you're curious about changing your lap band into a gastric sleeve.