Gastric band removal is a medical procedure performed to address complications or unsatisfactory weight loss results associated with the use of a gastric band. As the name suggests, it involves the removal of a gastric band.
Why would you want gastric band removal?
Over time, some individuals may experience complications associated with the gastric band. These can include erosion of the band into the stomach, infection, band slippage or malposition, band intolerance, or chronic vomiting. In such cases, gastric band removal becomes necessary to alleviate these complications and prevent further health issues.
Another reason for gastric band removal is where results have been unsatisfactory. Despite following a proper diet and exercise regimen, some patients may not achieve the desired weight loss outcomes with a gastric band. In such cases, the band can be removed, but it can then be converted to a different procedure, such as a gastric sleeve, which may offer improved weight loss results.
What is involved in gastric band removal?
Gastric band removal is a relatively simple procedure that can be done laparoscopically. This means that the surgeon will make several small incisions in your abdomen and insert surgical instruments through the incisions. The band will then be removed through one of the incisions.
It is usually an outpatient procedure, which means that you can go home the same day. You may need to wear a compression garment for a few days after surgery and avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Full advice will be given at your consultation, prior to treatment.
Before the procedure, the patient undergoes thorough preoperative evaluations, including physical examinations, laboratory tests, and consultations with the surgical team to ensure they are fit for surgery as well as confirming that this is the most suitable procedure.
- Anesthaesia: Gastric band removal is typically performed under general anesthetic, which means the patient is asleep and feels no pain during the surgery.
- Surgery: The surgeon makes small incisions to access the gastric band. The band is then carefully dissected and removed, along with any associated scar tissue. If desired, the surgeon may also convert the gastric band into a different weight loss procedure, such as a gastric sleeve.
- Postoperative care: After the procedure, patients are closely monitored in a recovery area. Pain medications, anti-nausea medications, and fluids may be administered intravenously as needed. Patients are usually allowed to leave the hospital within a day or two after the surgery.
- Recovery and follow-up: The recovery period after gastric band removal varies from person to person but typically involves a gradual transition to a regular diet. Patients are advised to follow specific dietary guidelines provided by their surgeon and may require frequent follow-up visits to monitor their progress and adjust their postoperative care plan accordingly.
It is important to note that gastric band removal is a complex procedure. However, Professor Marcus Reddy is a highly experienced Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, so you’re in safe hands.
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