Gastric band removal
The laparoscopic surgery is dedicated to the patients after implantation of adjustable gastric band. Patients in many cases don’t see the expected results or may experience uncomfortable side effects of the band and intolerance symptoms.
An adjustable gastric band is a silicone ring with an expandable balloon placed around the top part of the stomach, called fundus. Patients with a gastric band are able to eat enough food to fill a small section of stomach at once, the food passes through the small opening in the band into the rest of the stomach. After the gastric band implantation surgery the volume of the stomach remains the same.
During the gastric band removal the tube and port are removed along with all adhesions and sutures from the primary surgery.
What are the reasons to remove the gastric band?
The most common reasons for gastric band removal are: inadequate weight loss, port infection or port slippage, band erosion, band infection, band slippage, swallowing difficulties, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), stomach pouch dilation.
Why we don’t perform gastric band implantation?
Many of studies have showed that the gastric band implantation is less effective and brings more risk than weight loss procedure like sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery. The band can cause chronical inflammation and stomach erosion or ulcus.
A lot of patients after the gastric band surgery look for a bariatric center to remove the band and undergo a bariatric surgery revision procedure. After removing the band, the stomach returns to its original shape, and the digestive system functions normally. The patient should bear in mind that after removing the band it is very likely that he will return to his weight before surgery.
For the patients with gastric band we offer bright spectrum of revisional surgeries – gastric band removal with conversion to gastric sleeve or gastric bypass.