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Lap Band Failure Might Not Be Your Fault

Lap Band Failure Might Not Be Your Fault

Because of the stigma given to the obese, people don’t realize that losing weight after a bariatric surgery takes a lot of work. It is not an easy fix, as many want to label it. It is a surgical procedure, so there is some risk to having it. Also, for a procedure to be effective, massive changes in lifestyle must be performed so that patients eat nutritionally and increase their athletic output. Sometimes a recipient of the lap band will do all of this hard work and not see any weight loss; that’s when they come to Dr. Michael Feiz to discuss lap band revision surgery.

There are many reasons why a patient might not respond well to lap band surgery. Perhaps the physician did a poor job and the patient comes to Dr. Feiz to fix it. However, sometimes the lap band just might be incompatible with a recipient. Some people might not react well to a foreign object in their body. Some people might not have the metabolism needed for a restrictive procedure to be successful. If one of these reasons is the case, then Dr. Feiz may suggest a gastric sleeve after lap band conversion procedure.

This procedure simultaneously removes the offending lap band while converting the stomach into a sleeve shape. The perk here that makes the sleeve gastrectomy win in the battle of lap band vs. gastric sleeve is that it’s a permanent solution that doesn’t affect what a person can eat, just the portion size. It also removes the part of the stomach that causes hunger, helping a patient’s life not revolve around constant pangs of hunger. Best of all, Dr. Feiz is a master of minimally invasive techniques, guaranteeing that this conversion is as safe as possible.

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