I had lap band surgery which worked great… I lost over 100 pounds (45 kg). But my band slipped (probably my over-stuffing) and it stopped working.
I then had a 2nd lap band surgery. This time nothing worked, no sensations, no warnings of full feeling, no signals felt at all. My doctor warned that a second surgery is not always as helpful or may not work at all.
Now after a 45+ pound (20+ kg) gain, my surgeon suggested gastric sleeve surgery. Now I am considering it, but I am concerned about the fact it is not reversible. Also, what if I stretch out the small stomach, then what?
I also have nutrient absorption concerns and am worried that my long-term health issues will come back (i.e.: acid reflux, sleep apnea, back problems. knee problems, etc.).
Patient Responses to the Question Above
switching from band to sleeve
When deciding what to do about my band and clicking onto this website, I saw your check list of reason's to remove the band.
I checked everyone! So I know I am doing the right thing. My Dr agreed with me. But I did not know much about the procedure and wanted to look into what others have done and what has worked.
Lets face it, unless you have had any procedure done, you honestly can't answer questions about it!
I am excited to have my surgery before the end of 2015!
Lap-band to the sleeve
I wanted to get the sleeve two years ago, when I had a revision done, and I'm still having problems with the lap-band, so I want to be able to get the sleeve and have the lap-band taken out, too many hold ups.
Gastric Sleeve SUrgery after failed Lap Band
I have the exact same situation as Debi - my band slipped and I had it repaired and now it doesn't work.
My question is, how likely is it to get insurance to pay for another surgery of this nature?
I certainly could not afford to pay for this procedure out of pocket in it's entirety.
Lap Band to Sleeve
by: Ric Allen
On the 28th of this month I will under go the sleeve after having the band for 2 years and only loosing 15 pounds. Will let you know how this goes. I am mentally ready for this.
Does anyone know how common it is to change to the gastric sleeve after a band slip?
I have a consultation with my band surgeon this week to discuss the sleeve, which I am very interested in after a severe slipping of my band. It was so bad that I was to the point of horrible vomiting and reflux every night no matter what position I slept.
Also, does anyone know how is it for insurance purposes? Do they usually understand?
Are there reflux issues with the gastric sleeve? Had band removed because of severe reflux issues.
I was a gastric band patient for several years. I had reflux periodically with the band and, at one time, had to have the fill completely removed. I later had a very small amount put back in but continued to have occasional reflux issues.
I had to have the band removed about 8 1/2 months ago because the reflux had gotten so bad that I was unable to sleep and at times keep food down. I had to be hospitalized because I had a lung abscess and aspiration pneumonia. The band had slipped and had to be removed.
Since then, I have gained approximately 45 pounds and I can only manage to yo-yo 3 or 4 pounds. Very discouraged.
Would I be a good candidate for the sleeve procedure or would I more than likely have the same issues?
Lap Band and Sleeve
If I have sleeve surgery will the doc remove my lap band first?
Sleeve to lap band
by: Jessica Galindez
I had my gastric sleeve around 2012 and since 2016 I have gane around 50-60 lbs. I want to loose the weight I gained. I was 300 lbs and went down to 125. Now i am again on 180 lbs.
Can I re-do the sleeve or get a lap band or what can I do? Specially because of my high blood pressure.