LAP-BAND To Gastric Sleeve Revision

Did you have bariatric surgery and stop losing weight?
Have you regained weight a couple of years after bariatric surgery?
Are you just not seeing the weight loss results that you expected?

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 to Gastric Sleeve Revision

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 patients 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.


Do You Know Your BMI?

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:

  • BMI 30-39.9* with one obesity related comorbidity that can include but may not be limited to Type II Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and/or Hypertension coronary artery disease
  • BMI greater than or equal to 40
*Patients with a BMI of 30-34.9 are subjected to insurance discretion.