Gastric Band

How it works:

Have you had a laparoscopic band placed for weight loss?  Has it worked for you?  First, a lap band is a silicone ring with adjustable balloons that cause restriction at the top part of your stomach to prevent you from overeating.


The True Results:

Often times this procedure is outpatient or a one day stay.  Some have had success with the lap band with weight loss.  However, the majority of people have not had success nor have they been given the necessary preoperative and postoperative instruction to be successful.  Multiple studies have shown results are not as desirable or consistent as those with the laparoscopic gastric bypass or the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.  On average, weight loss success is around 35-40% of your excess weight.  That means if you are 100 pounds overweight you could expect to lose 35 to 40 pounds.  Unfortunately many patients have side effects as well from the band.  Worsened gastroesophageal reflux, band herniation or slippage requiring re-operation, band infection, port flipping and infection requiring replacement or removal, erosion into the stomach, and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) from development of poor esophagus motility.

Laparoscopic Gastric Band

For the reasons just listed and the poor results of the lap band our practice does not offer placement or adjustment of the band. We do, however, offer a reconsideration and evaluation for either simple removal of the band or conversion of the band to a more effective surgical weight loss option like the laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

The Laparoscopic Gastric Band

We have already helped several patients remove their band for unsuccessful weight loss, dysphagia, chronic abdominal pain, and severe reflux. We even employ the Da Vinci Minimally invasive surgical technique in removing the band and most time the procedure can be outpatient. If you are having problems with your band and want to discuss your issues or want to consider conversion to a more effective surgical weight loss option contact Cedar Park Surgeons for an appointment today!

Contact Cedar Park Bariatrics for Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

If you live in or near Cedar Park and are considering a gastric band procedure, please contact an Austin-area bariatric surgeon at our practice for more information. We'd be happy to sign you up for a free bariatric seminar in order for you to meet our team and learn how bariatric surgery can change your life.