What to Do When a Lap Band Fails

When a weight loss procedure fails it is both personally discouraging and it can create significant health issues. There is absolutely no reason you should settle for this. That’s why Obesity Control Center has developed a proven solution. for failed lap-band surgery. Here is a personal message on the topic by Dr. Ariel Ortiz, surgical director at OCC, on what your next steps should be:

“Let me begin by saying that I have dealt with this situation hundreds of times and performed countless surgeries to correct previously performed procedures that were done incorrectly by other surgeons, many in the United States. The good news is that this is a situation that can be easily resolved.

“The bottom line is this: if your original surgery has failed to provide substantial weight loss or you’re gaining weight again, you have a failed lap band procedure.

When a gastric band fails, several things can happen:
• Restriction is lost
• Patients develop additional symptoms
• They stop losing weight, or
• They gain weight.

When this occurs the first thing we do is conduct a 5-minute fluorodynamic study which will determine if the problem can be resolved with minor medical therapy or will require a surgical revision. Learn more about the Band Rescue revision surgery in this video.

Even patients that have severe symptoms can sometimes be rescued simply by readjusting the tightness of their gastric lap-band. Sometimes, however, a repositioning of the gastric lap-band might be required. Or, if the patient desires or one of our surgeons suggests, a conversion to a different weight loss procedure such as a gastric sleeve, gastric plication or gastric bypass might be the best solution. Gastric sleeve surgery (especially via IGS, Improved Gastric Sleeve) is an especially popular procedure here at Obesity Control Center.

It’s this simple: If you have less than ideal weight loss with your lap-band, you have stopped losing weight, you are gaining weight or simply are not happy with your procedure, please talk with us today.

We can quickly determine the root-cause of the failed lap-band and help provide you with the best possible solution. Let’s get you back on track and reaching your weight loss goals.

Please make a decision today to continue your weight loss journey. You should not go one more day suffering as a result of a failed procedure. Your situation can be corrected quickly, easily and completely. Please pick up your phone and call me personally.”


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OCC’s epidemiologist is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status and is actively issuing updates as they are available. The Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization are the most trusted sources online.  While the CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our facility.

As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.

Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.

Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.   

Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. 

The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive.  Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.

A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.

See here for full COVID-19 update. 

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