Gastric Band Conversion Surgery

We are seeing a rise in conversion surgery. Many patients come from other surgeons frustrated that they have not had any success with their weight loss surgery. Some patients have had years of success, only to start experiencing complications. The complications experienced can range from one to all of the following:

  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Acid reflux 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Respiratory problems

For these patients, a conversion from one weight loss surgery to another may be appropriate. The gastric band-to-sleeve or bypass conversion is a revisional bariatric operation where the gastric band and port are removed and the gastric sleeve or gastric bypass operation is performed. Our surgeons have also performed revisional surgeries for the Sleeve Gastrectomy as well as the Gastric Bypass.  In most cases, these conversion surgeries can be done laparoscopically.

These operations can be difficult because of the scar tissue and adhesions that can form from the original operation. The conversion usually takes about two-three hours and patients stay in the hospital for one-two nights following the surgery. After discharge from the hospital, patients are put on the same post-operative diet for Sleeve gastrectomy or bypass patients.  

Patients do well after revisional surgery, not only with alleviation of their physical symptoms, but also with weight loss.  If you are having issues with your specific weight loss surgery and would like to convert to a different weight loss surgery to eliminate your excess weight, please contact our office at 817-472-3830.

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