Gastric Band Revision
Adjustable bands have a 100% lifetime re-operation rate. The revisional surgeries can include placement of another band, simultaneous or staggered conversion to a stapled procedure, or a simple explanation without additional surgeries. There are pros and cons to each choice.
At University Bariatrics, one of our primary goals is to educate patients about all of the available options. The ultimate decision, however, rests with you but must be made after serious discussions with your doctor and family. Should you choose to pursue a procedure not offered directly by us, we can help navigate you through the hype and help you reach your goals. If you’re interested in more information on Lap Band Revision in Thousand Oaks or one of our many other effective bariatric procedures, contact our highly trained specialists today at (805) 379-9796.
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Lap Band Removal
Laparoscopic removal of Lap-Bands is offered through University Bariatrics. Should the overseas experience hold true in the U.S., the number of these cases is expected to rise dramatically in the near future. Not accounting for the more common problems such as slippage and port/tubing malfunction, other factors lead to Lap Band explantation as well. They include erosion, mega-esophagus, foreign body reaction, general intolerance, and inadequate weight loss among others. Our highly trained surgeons at University Bariatrics perform adjustable band removal for Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moor Park, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Ventura County and Oxnard area residents who require further assistance.
Steps for Lap-Band Removal
Lap Band removal can be performed as a single stage procedure concomitant with another weight loss operation. Alternatively, a two stage approach may be undertaken that allows for local tissue healing and after ensuring full resolution of band related symptoms or complications prior to adding yet another bariatric procedure.
Eroded Lap Band explantation, however, carries a much higher risk profile and in our opinion, should only be done as a stand-alone operation. The University Bariatrics team has extensive experience with these operations and was the first to report & publish the laparoscopic transgastric technique for the removal of eroded bands. We therefore look forward to the opportunity to discuss all of your band removal options with you so that you can decide on the best course of action for yourself!
In addition to removal of previous Lap Bands or other revisional bariatric surgery procedures, University Bariatrics surgeons can also perform a range of primary weight loss & general surgery procedures for Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Moor Park, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Conejo Valley, Ventura County and Oxnard area residents.