Gastric band conversion in New Jersey involves modifying a previously placed gastric band into a different bariatric surgery due to complications or inadequate weight loss results. Dr. Prokurat and his team at NJ Advanced Surgery offer a gastric band conversion in New Jersey to enhance your weight loss results and address issues related to the initial gastric banding.
WHAT IS GASTRIC BAND CONVERSION?
Gastric band conversion is a surgical intervention designed to enhance the effectiveness of an existing gastric band for weight loss. This procedure is typically considered when the initial gastric banding results in complications or suboptimal weight loss. By converting the gastric band surgery to a different bariatric surgery, such as a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, patients can potentially achieve better outcomes. This conversion offers a pathway for individuals to attain improved results in their weight loss journey.
REASONS FOR GASTRIC BAND CONVERSION:
- Inadequate weight loss
- Complications from the gastric band
- Device malfunction or erosion
- Reflux or vomiting issues
- Need for more effective weight loss
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GASTRIC BAND SURGERY
Gastric band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, is a bariatric procedure aimed at promoting weight loss by restricting the stomach’s capacity. During this minimally invasive surgery, a silicone band is placed around the upper part of the stomach, creating a small pouch that limits the amount of food the stomach can hold. This promotes a feeling of fullness with smaller portions, leading to reduced caloric intake.
HOW THE GASTRIC BAND WORKS
The adjustable silicone band divides the stomach into a smaller upper pouch and a larger lower section. The band is connected to a port implanted beneath the skin, allowing for adjustments in band tightness over time. When the upper pouch is filled with food, it exerts pressure on the band, creating a sensation of fullness and slowing down the emptying of the stomach contents into the intestines. This leads to early satiety and a lower intake of calories.
WHY A GASTRIC BAND SURGERY MIGHT FAIL
Gastric band surgery can fall short of expected outcomes due to several factors. Inconsistent adherence to dietary guidelines and lifestyle changes can hinder weight loss. Band-related complications like slippage, erosion, or mechanical issues may arise. Additionally, individual variations in metabolism and responsiveness to the procedure can affect its success. Regular follow-ups for band adjustments and commitment to long-term dietary and behavioral changes are crucial to mitigate these challenges and maximize the potential benefits of the surgery. In some instances a gastric band conversion in New Jersey would be necessary to insure its success should the first attempt fail.
POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS OF GASTRIC BAND SURGERY:
- Band slippage
- Gastric pouch dilation
- Band erosion into the stomach
- Infection at the port site
- Reflux or vomiting
- Difficulty swallowing
- Port or tubing problems
STEP 1: GASTRIC BAND REMOVAL
The initial phase of gastric band conversion involves the removal of the existing gastric band. The surgeon accesses the band by making small incisions in the abdominal area, allowing for laparoscopic instruments to be inserted. The band is carefully dissected and separated from the surrounding tissues. Once detached, the surgeon gently removes the band from the stomach, ensuring minimal disruption to nearby structures. This sets the stage for the subsequent modification or replacement of the bariatric procedure.
STEP 2: THE CONVERSION
After successfully removing the gastric band, the surgeon can opt for one of two primary types of conversion: gastric band-to-sleeve conversion or gastric band-to-bypass conversion.
OPTION 1: GASTRIC BAND-TO-SLEEVE CONVERSION
During gastric band conversion in New Jersey, the surgeon reshapes the stomach to resemble a sleeve. This involves the removal of a significant portion of the stomach, creating a slender, banana-shaped organ. The reduction in stomach size limits food intake while influencing gut hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. This procedure offers the potential for substantial weight loss by combining restrictive and hormonal mechanisms.
OPTION 2: GASTRIC BAND-TO-BYPASS CONVERSION
Alternatively, in a gastric band-to-bypass conversion, the surgeon transitions from the gastric band to a gastric bypass procedure. This involves creating a small pouch at the top of the stomach and rerouting a portion of the small intestine to connect directly to this pouch. By bypassing a segment of the stomach and the upper small intestine, the body absorbs fewer calories and nutrients, resulting in weight loss.
POST-SURGERY RECOVERY & AFTERCARE GUIDELINES
Following your surgery, Dr. Prokurat will provide a tailored diet plan and prescribed medications integral to your recovery. Thanks to the laparoscopic approach, the expected recovery time ranges from just 3 to 5 weeks. Once cleared, you can resume your regular activities. It’s crucial to attend a follow-up check-up with the doctor a few weeks later to verify your progress and ensure your well-being aligns with the desired outcomes of the gastric band conversion in New Jersey.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR GASTRIC BAND CONVERSION:
- Have experienced a botched gastric lap band procedure.
- Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 or are 100 pounds overweight.
- Have followed strict exercise and diet regimens without achieving substantial weight loss.
- Are between the ages of 18 and 55 and seek rapid weight loss.
- Have children diagnosed with morbid obesity.
- Have a family history of obesity and want to take preventive actions.
PLEASE NOTE: GASTRIC SLEEVE & BYPASS ARE IRREVERSIBLE
Before proceeding with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery, please understand that both procedures are irreversible. Once the stomach is altered to a smaller size, the excess portion is permanently removed. Preservation of this section isn’t possible. Please talk to your loved ones and Dr. Prokurat to make a well-informed choice aligned with your health and lifestyle.
MEET DR. PROKURAT
Dr. Prokurat is a licensed physician with prior experience and a medical degree from Grodno State University, he successfully completed his medical studies at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, surgical residency at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, and an advanced laparoscopic/bariatric surgery fellowship at Hackensack University Medical Center. Beyond medicine, he’s a devoted family man, passionate about soccer and tennis. Specializing in laparoscopic obesity procedures, he provides hope and improved quality of life for those with obesity issues.
WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR GASTRIC BAND CONVERSION?
NJ Advanced Surgical Solutions offers you the expertise of Dr. Prokurat, a compassionate surgeon who intimately understands the struggles of bariatric patients. His commitment to enhancing lives through bariatric surgery makes him the ideal choice for your gastric band conversion. Dr. Prokurat specializes in cutting-edge laparoscopic procedures, including revisions of prior bariatric surgeries. Book your consultation to explore your options for gastric band conversion in New Jersey, discuss your concerns, and initiate your journey to a healthy life.