Jay Michael Snow, MD

St Louis Bariatrics

A Second Chance for Long Term Weight Loss

Patients who have had weight loss surgery may occasionally experience stalls in weight loss, and some patients may regain significant weight. Weight gain may be due to lifestyle changes and can be addressed by making dietary and activity changes, but sometimes changes in weight can be attributed to physiological factors and a revision procedure may be the best course of action.

Dr. Snow offers revisional procedures  because he believes people can achieve lasting weight loss success. He performs revisions for patients who have had LAP-BAND® surgery and are not able to maintain weight loss secondary to issues with their band. Repositioning, replacing, or, in some cases, removing the band can give patients another opportunity to achieve their health goals. Dr. Snow also treats patients who have had a LAP-BAND® placed with another practice and are seeking guidance or a second opinion about available options.

LAP-BAND® Revision Surgery

Sometimes patients with a gastric band aren’t able to achieve or maintain desired weight loss. In this unfortunate event, these patients may require a revision surgery as a result of a gastric band slipping out of place. Dr. Snow and his experienced team are able to tailor a plan and procedure to each patient’s individual situation and goals- whether it be removal, replacement, or conversion to another type of weight loss surgery.

How Does LAP-BAND® Revision Work?

There are a number of ways to revise a LAP-BAND®, which Dr. Snow will recommend depending on your individual needs. In some cases, the gastric band needs to be repositioned. In other instances, the patient may wish for complete band removal with conversion to another bariatric procedure such as a gastric sleeve or gastric bypass. There are even situations where patients experience band slippage or severe acid reflux and wish for complete removal of the device altogether.

Am I a Candidate for LAP-BAND® Revision Surgery?

Before having a revision surgery, it is important to have explore all avenues of jumpstarting weight loss. This may include consultation with a nutritionist and fitness professionals to make both a diet and fitness plan before considering revision surgery.

If you have an adjustable band and you are experiencing difficulty losing or maintaining a healthy weight, or if you are experiencing complications such as abdominal pain or reflux, you may be a candidate for LAP-BAND® revision surgery.

Types of Gastric Band Revision Surgery

If you have determined that a revision surgery is right for you, there are several surgical options. Dr. Snow will work with you to decide which procedure best suits your medical history and weight loss goals.

  • Gastric Band to Gastric Sleeve Revision In a revision to gastric sleeve, or vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a portion of the stomach will be excised after the band is removed, creating a permanently smaller stomach. Learn more about gastric sleeve.
  • Gastric Band to Gastric Bypass Revision Gastric Bypass involves creating a smaller stomach that restricts food as well as rerouting intestines to limit calorie absorption. Learn more about gastric bypass.
  • LAP-BAND® Removal Surgery

    There are various reasons a patient may require gastric band removal without an additional revisional procedure. In some cases, a patient may experience complications from the gastric band but may not be a candidate for a revision surgery. Gastric band patients experiencing side effects such as acid reflux or abdominal pain sometimes seek band removal but do not wish to have a revision procedure. Dr. Snow is experienced in removal of gastric bands and can typically perform this surgery in less than 1 hour using the original incision placement while the patient is under general anesthesia. The gastric band removal surgery is typically an outpatient procedure.

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    We believe you can achieve weight loss success. Our team is dedicated to supporting you throughout your weight loss journey. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your weight loss revision surgery consultation with Dr. Snow.

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