A gastric Band is a special inflatable band which is placed around the top portion of the patient’s stomach, creating a small pouch that limits or reduces the amount of food which you are able to eat at any one time.
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While the lap band has been shown to be a powerful tool for weight loss, it can sometimes prove less than satisfactory. This can happen for a wide-range of reasons that are often beyond the control of the patient or doctor. The reasons a lap band can fail include:
- Little or no weight loss despite restrictive diet and adherence to exercise plan
- Persistent nausea or discomfort caused by the lap band, which can also lead to patients relying on unhealthy but easy-to-digest foods
- The body rejects the lap band and treats it like a foreign object
- Band slippage or erosion
In these cases or when another physician’s work is unsuccessful, then lap band to sleeve gastrectomy conversion might be necessary. Some may opt to simply have the lap band removed; however, those who still want the weight loss they originally expected may choose to have the band removed by Dr. Feiz while he simultaneously creates a gastric sleeve in the same surgery. The gastric sleeve is a permanent weight loss surgery that has been shown to be highly effective.