GASTRIC BAND TO SLEEVE OR BYPASS SURGERY
Have you undergone a gastric lap band surgery in the past? Are you experiencing any discomfort because of the band? Many patients who have undergone gastric band surgery have experienced issues following the procedure, and some haven’t been able to achieve the results they had hoped for. Fortunately, the gastric band conversion New Jersey‘s Dr. Prokurat delivers has successfully repaired many issues caused by gastric lap bands.
COMMON ISSUES CAN INCLUDE:
- Failure to lose weight.
- Heartburn that does not get better, even with medication.
- Nausea or vomiting when eating or drinking.
- Difficulty eating or drinking despite the band being properly adjusted.
- Chronic pain in the stomach.
- Heart palpitations or anxiety that did not exist before the surgery.
These symptoms can make a person not just physically weak, but also emotionally drained It’s important to address these concerns to prevent further complications. At NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions, our team lead by Dr. Val Prokurat specialize in weight loss surgery and we can revise the gastric lap band surgery through either a gastric sleeve or bypass surgery.
HOW THE GASTRIC BAND WAS INSTALLED CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALTH
A gastric band is an adjustable piece of equipment that is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Its goal is to restrict the amount of food the patient is able to eat. It’s aim is to also make the patient feel fuller sooner.
The stomach of an average-sized human can fit up to 6 small bowls of food. However, when a gastric band is inserted in the body, the mouth of the stomach can accommodate as little as 1.5 bowls of food. When this happens, the patient eats less, feels full quicker and as a result, loses weight. Many patients prefer this method because there is no cutting or stapling of the stomach involved. Additionally, unlike other weight loss treatment methods, there is always the option of re-sizing the band or removing it completely if it doesn’t suit the body.
However, the gastric band doesn’t always sit right on the stomach. Some problems that may occur are:
- Gastric band slippage
- Malfunctioning of the tube
- Band erosion
- Pouch dilation
- Stomach obstruction
- Port infection
BAND TO SLEEVE CONVERSION
A gastric sleeve surgery involves resecting the stomach and making it smaller in size. Here, instead of inserting a foreign object in your body, the doctor will reduce the size of your stomach, ensuring that your body functions as it is supposed to, without any mechanical intervention.
GASTRIC BAND WILL BE REMOVED
During this gastric band conversion New Jersey Advanced Surgical Solutions has become well known for, the surgeon will remove the gastric band. The stomach will then be separated into two sections – a small section, and a large one. The large part of the stomach will be surgically removed and the small part of the stomach will be stitched back, using medical-grade sutures.
Like that gastric band, the aim here is to reduce the amount of food that the patient is able to eat, allowing him or her to feel full faster. Post-surgery, this small stomach is approximately the size and length of a large banana. The surgery is not reversible, but many patients report that it has helped them succeed in losing weight when the gastric band procedure failed to yield the desired results.
BAND TO BYPASS CONVERSION
The Band to gastric sleeve procedure is just one of the two band reversal treatments available. The other one is the gastric bypass.
During this procedure, the gastric band will be removed. The same process followed in the sleeve gastrectomy is performed; where the surgeon will make the stomach smaller by cutting a large part of the pouch out, to limit the food that is being ingested by the body. But in addition to this, the doctor will connect a part of your small intestine directly to the pouch of the stomach to create a sort-of tube-like bypass.
The objective of the gastric bypass surgery is to prevent the food from remaining in your stomach long enough for the tough sugar and fat components to be broken down and absorbed by the body. The tube-like bypass will allow small quantities of food to slip directly into the small intestine, without travelling to the large intestine, where the sugars and fats are actually broken-down and digested. This will ensure that your body has access to only limited quantities of sugar and fat, ensuring that you don’t put on weight.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROCEDURE?
Dr. Prokurat recommends these procedures to:
- Patients who have experienced a botched gastric lap band procedure.
- People who are 100 pounds overweight or more or have a Body Mass Index above 30.
- People who have failed to lose weight despite following a very stringent exercise and diet.
- People who are between the ages of 18 and 55 and who wish to lose weight quickly.
- Children who have been diagnosed with morbid obesity.
- People who have a history of obesity in the family and who wish to take precautionary measures.
A very important fact to remember before scheduling this surgery is that both the band to sleeve surgery and the gastric bypass surgery are irreversible treatments. Once the stomach is cut and made smaller, the remaining large part is removed and discarded. There is no way to store and keep healthy this part of the stomach and therefore, there is no possibility of reversing this procedure.
It’s essential that you consult your loved ones and Dr. Prokurat before you make this important decision.
POST-SURGERY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Post-surgery you will be prescribed a unique diet and medications by the doctor, which you will need to follow. Since the procedures will be performed laparoscopically, recovery time is as little as 3-5 weeks. After this you can get back to your normal routine. Be sure to visit the doctor for a check-up a few weeks later, to ensure everything is perfect.
Feel free to contact us at any time for more information.