Gastric band surgery, also known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or simply — gastric banding, has been a popular bariatric procedure for those struggling with obesity. The surgery is performed by placing a silicone band around the upper part of your stomach and creating a small pouch that limits the amount of food you can eat and induces a feeling of fullness.
Although gastric banding has helped many patients achieve significant weight loss and improve their overall health, here at The Bariatric Experts, our board-certified surgeons, Scott C. Stowers, D.O., FASMBS, and Curtis Peery, MD, FACS, FASMBS offer their insight as to why a gastric band removal might be necessary.
Let’s look at the various reasons it might be right for you.
1. Inadequate weight loss
One of the primary reasons for gastric band removal is the lack of satisfactory weight loss results. Even though the procedure can be effective for many people, it may not work as expected for everyone. Factors like poor compliance with dietary guidelines, lifestyle changes, or pre-existing medical conditions can hinder your expected weight loss progress.
2. Complications and side effects
Like any surgical procedure, gastric banding comes with potential risks and complications. It’s possible to experience side effects, such as band slippage, band erosion, or food intolerance. In certain cases, these complications may require band removal to alleviate the associated health issues.
3. Band-related infections
Infections around the site of the implanted gastric band are another reason for removal. Though relatively rare, infections can occur, which can lead to serious health concerns if left untreated. Removing the infected band becomes a necessary procedure to prevent further complications.
4. Device malfunction
Gastric bands are mechanical devices, and like any machinery, they can malfunction over time. The band may become too tight or too loose, affecting its ability to function as intended. When adjustments fail to correct the problem, removal might be the only solution.
5. Intolerable discomfort
Some patients may find the presence of the gastric band uncomfortable or even painful. The sensation of having a foreign object inside your body can cause psychological distress and affect your quality of life. In such cases, removal may be considered to improve your overall well-being.
During pregnancy, the nutritional needs of your body change significantly. Because of the restriction caused by the gastric band, if you’re pregnant, you might not be able to consume sufficient nutrients for yourself and your growing fetus. Consequently, the band may need to be removed to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy and proper fetal development.
7. Weight regain
Though some individuals successfully maintain their weight loss after gastric banding, others may experience gradual weight regain over time. This can occur because of lifestyle changes, lack of adherence to dietary recommendations, or the natural stretching of the stomach pouch. If you regain a significant amount of weight after gastric banding, you may want to consider gastric band removal.
If you experience any difficulties or concerns after undergoing gastric banding, reach out to our team immediately. We can assess your situation and determine the most appropriate course of action, which may involve a band adjustment, replacement, or removal.
As bariatric surgeons, we understand that your weight loss journey is unique. You can rely on us to communicate openly with you, so you can make informed decisions about your health and well-being.
To learn more about gastric band removal, reach out to either one of our practice locations in Frisco or Abilene, Texas, by calling 940-577-2090 or clicking here to book online today. We also respond to emails at firstname.lastname@example.org.