You are not alone! There may be circumstances in which your primary bariatric procedure does not provide the long lasting results you are looking for. You have options at New York Weight Loss & Surgery. Below is one of our most commonly performed bariatric revisional surgeries:
LAP-BAND® surgery can be a highly effective weight loss procedure for many patients. However there is no such thing as a 100% success rate with any bariatric surgery. Many LAP-BAND® patients initially experienced excellent weight loss and health improvement following their surgery, but then their band may have failed due to technical reasons not related to restriction, such as a band slip, band erosion, or port infection. In some of these situations, the LAP-BAND® can be revised and the patient can keep their LAP-BAND® and continue on their successful weight loss journey.
However, under these circumstances, some of these patients may need to have their LAP-BAND® removed and converted to another restrictive procedure, such as the gastric sleeve.
Other LAP-BAND® revision patients may have never really succeeded with their band. Maybe weight loss or health improvement was minimal or did not meet the patient’s expectations. Some patients may have had LAP-BAND® surgery and were then unable to maintain their band through frequent aftercare visits for adjustments, or may have been completely lost to follow up care.
Regardless of the circumstances, a LAP-BAND® to gastric sleeve conversion can be a very effective option for re-engaging weight loss and meeting your weight loss goals.
Although some people question whether Body Mass Index (BMI) is the best and most accurate way to determine whether someone is considered Normal Weight, Overweight or Obese, it remains the most important measurement in the eyes of insurance companies when they determine whether or not someone is eligible for bariatric surgery. Although each insurance provider has a different policy, which is subject to change, the general rule of thumb to qualify for surgery is as follows: