Lap Band Revision Surgery Specialist

Rajan Chahal, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Newton, MA

If you’ve had a lap band placed but experience complications, lap-band removal and conversion may be the best way to address your immediate health needs while also furthering your weight loss goals. Rajan Chahal, MD, performs these procedures on a regular basis for men and women in and around Newton, Massachusetts. By removing your lap band and performing a new bariatric procedure, your weight loss journey can continue with minimal interruption. To learn more, call the office today or book online to schedule a consultation.

Lap Band Revision Surgery Q & A

Why would I need my lap band removed?

Although lap-band surgery is minimally invasive and works out well for some, there is a risk of complications, some of which can be serious. These are some of the more common reasons why a lap band might need to be removed:

  • Poor weight loss or weight regain
  • Band infection
  • Extreme nausea or vomiting
  • Pain after eating
  • Severe heartburn
  • Esophageal dysmotility, or food not moving through the esophagus

If my lap band didn’t work, why try another bariatric surgery?

There could be a number of reasons why your lap band failed to meet your weight loss needs. Many men and women want to try a lap band, but find the device isn’t capable of restricting their stomach capacity enough. Others find that their body won’t tolerate the lap band itself.

For those who’ve had a bad experience with a lap band and don’t want to undergo a new procedure, it’s important to know that the revision surgery can often be done at the same time as the procedure that removes the lap band.

In many cases, a new bariatric procedure — such as sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass — is a far better approach than a lap band. For those men and women, moving forward might help them accomplish their weight loss and health goals.

What happens during lap-band removal surgery?

These procedures can usually be performed laparoscopically. Dr. Chahal uses thin instruments to remove scar tissue around the lap band and cut the band and tubing. He checks for areas of adhesion and removes any tissue that’s cause for concern.

He then carefully extracts the band from your body. Next, Dr. Chahal moves forward with the new bariatric procedure, if possible. In some cases, you may need to wait a few months to allow your body to heal before revision surgery can be completed.

If you have questions about having your lap band removed and a new bariatric procedure performed, contact the office online or by phone to set up a consultation.