Lap Band Removal
If you had a laparoscopic adjustable band, you may have experience some complications and/or regained some of your weight lost. If you and your surgeon decide that the lap band is not for you, surgery may be needed to remove the band and the port.
What are some reasons for removing my lap band?
Complications from the lap band can be common as long term complications are estimated at 26-50% of bands placed with 30-40% chance of needing another operation related to the band.
Some complications that can occur with the band include erosion of the band into the stomach, band “slipping” causing problems with eating, trouble swallowing, severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), port site infections, or tubing disconnection. Although rare, emergent surgery may be needed to fix these complications.
Many people simply did not lose enough weight or regained weight after band placement and require a conversion to another bariatric procedure more effective in changing metabolic set point.
How is my lap band removed?
Similar to when the band was placed, a laparoscopic surgery under general anesthesia is done to remove the port, tubing and band completely.
What are the risks of removing my band?
Generally, risks are similar to other laparoscopic surgeries. If converting to another bariatric procedure, there is an increased risk of complications because of the scar tissue that was formed.